You have the job offer in hand.  Now it’s time to negotiate.

Here are a few salary negotiation principles:

  • Consider the entire compensation package
  • Know your value to the company and the current market salaries
  • Most hiring managers expect negotiations
  • Ask for what you want as long as it is realistic
Next steps:

Say thank you and show your enthusiasm for the job.  Ask clarifying questions about the entire compensation package (i.e., vacation, benefits, title, start date, work from home, etc.).  Write everything down.  Ask for a brief time to discuss this with your family and ask to be able to call if you have any questions.  Again, say thank you.

Before you go back to the hiring manager with your request, consider the following:

Keep objective.  Your request should be based on objective criteria.  Know your market. See list of resources below.
Keep flexible and have options.  Remember, most hiring managers expect some negotiating and a good negotiation is a dynamic conversation.  Anticipate objections with reasoned data.  Have alternate compensation enhancements ready to propose if your initial request is not accepted.
Be prepared with your bottom line.  Establish your requirements and your absolute minimum figure that you must have and be ready to walk away if you don't get it.
Be prepared to explain your salary history.
Be prepared with real market rate salaries for your profession in your location to justify your realistic compensation request.
Be prepared to justify your value and cost effectiveness to the company.  Have a strong story of your past contributions and future contributions that defend how valuable an employee you will be.
Keep confident.  Stay positive and gracious.  Manage each response from the hiring manager with data and appreciation
Always leave the door open for future conversations.

Effectively negotiating your compensation package is your first success in your new job.

Below are some resources for researching comparative market rate salaries:



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10/14/2016 11:40am

I appreciate this guide. It's an extremely useful post for many people.

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02/06/2017 3:59am

This is always a hard question - what salary do you want. Thoughts are like didn't I make a bad bargain?


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Okay, I will consider all of these points. It makes a lot of sense. I appreciate your help.

01/24/2018 10:05pm

Negotiating your salary with a company you wanted to work on is not bad at all. Actually, it is advisable for some employees who have great credentials. I just want to be straightforward, we all want high salaries. If you think that you work hard beyond the job description that you have, then it is fine to ask for an increase in your salary. If you think that you are part of those employees who labeled as the assets of the company, then it is fine to ask for an increase as well. As long as it is realistic and you are worthy to be increased when it comes to salary then ask for it. If you are a professional and have great credentials, upon the interview of your job application, talk about it. You should know and understand the right compensation for you. Always remember, you should be open to your boss or to your HR manager about this matter, just be respectful and approach properly.


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