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Finding a job is one thing—but finding a job and being satisfied with the job you have is another. They say that if you find a job you love you will never have to work a day in your life. Although not all people happen to find a job they can be very passionate about, one crucial factor when it comes to being satisfied with your job is the compensation you are getting for all the efforts you exert. During a job application, you may already have an idea about how much you will be getting—but what if you prefer to receive a little more? Read on to find out how you can negotiate for your salary.
Talking about Your Salary
During an interview, your potential employer will gauge how much of an asset you can be to their company. While it may be very tempting to already ask about how much your salary will be or if you can demand a certain amount, you should control yourself and not ask about it until the interviewer opens up about it or when you have already crossed the bridge and about to sign a job contract. While you are still being interviewed, it is a must not to skip ahead excitedly about salary talk since this may turn off your interviewer.
Evaluate the job position beforehand and have an idea of what you may be offered if it was not stated in the job posting. This way you won’t be surprised when you hear something lower than expected. When figures are mentioned, one of the most important salary negotiation tips include thoroughly talking about bonuses, commissions, and possible projections on salary increases if you get to be a long-time employee. You should also take into consideration the hours, promotion chances, and career growth opportunities. Starting “small” won’t hurt if the company is open to keeping good employees around for long and giving them the chance to grow.
Don’t be hurt if you are given a “small” salary especially if your resume reflects you aren’t experienced yet. Consider that employers also can’t risk paying a lot of money to someone who they think is inexperienced. Think of voicing your concern and meeting halfway when negotiating your salary and put yourself in your employer’s shoes to understand their possible hesitations better.
Be flexible when talking about your salary, and always remember to be polite and professional. Coming off as a self-righteous braggart who “knows what they’re worth” won’t work out positively. Compromise. If you think your demand is reasonable, mention why you deserve that amount. If they do not agree, meet halfway and see where the job will take you from there.
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Keep in mind that what is more important than getting that salary you want is first being able to land that job. Patience will pay off and when you prove you are an asset to the company, you might get a salary raise even before you think of asking for it!