As a single woman the best dating advice I ever got was to know my bottom-line and to not compromise on it. For me this means not dating a-holes or guys who don’t do what they say they are going to do. I have a one-strike-you’re-out policy on this bottom line. I simply. Won’t. Cross it.
The same goes for negotiating your salary in a job offer.
What is the least you’re willing to accept for this job? What is your bottom-line?
In order to answer this question, you also have to answer a few more questions:
- How much do you want this job? Check in with yourself. Do you absolutely have to have this job no matter what they pay? Or are you flexible?
- What is the intangible value you’re getting from this job? If money wasn’t a factor, what are the other reasons you want to take this job? A flexible schedule, great benefits, growth opportunities, and creative potential are just a few things you should consider.
- How much do you need this job? Are you strapped financially? Are you in a position where you need this job right now?
- Do you have other offers on the table? Just like in dating, other offers give you options if one doesn’t work out. Are there more job offers coming down the pipeline?
- How competitive are you in the marketplace? Are you one of a select few who can do your job? How do you compare to peers in your industry?
- What are the average salary ranges for this type of job? Research by zipcode on salary.com and glassdoor.com relevant salary ranges.
- At what point are you willing to walk away from this job offer? What is your bottom-line?
Preparation is key to a successful negotiation and knowing the answers to these questions can help to prepare you for negotiating your salary at your current employer or for a pending job offer.
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