4 "Must Know" Salary Negotiation Tips

There’s nothing like the excitement of a new job. One of the most important, yet most difficult things to talk about in the job process is…money! We get it, it’s not the most comfortable topic of discussion, but unfortunately many candidates are not 100% confident in the salary offered to them. We don’t want you to be in this position. Make no mistake; you deserve what you're worth! Here are some great tips to guide you through the salary negotiation process and bring you peace of mind about your future position.

Prepare a Strategy.

First thing’s first. Many employers expect you to counter offer. Don’t feel obligated to accept their first offer. Prepare a strategy ahead of time and practice how you want to execute that strategy. You can even role-play various scenarios. Nerves get the best of us sometimes and this process will help you maintain confidence throughout the process.

Do Your Research!

Learn what your job is worth in regards to your education, experience and price tag for similar jobs in your area. Use that research to set a reasonable counter offer and be prepared to back up your numbers.

If it seems the numbers won’t budge, remember that you can always negotiate factors like extra paid vacation, sick days, flexibility in your work schedule etc. as a substitute for a larger salary.

Don’t take it Personally.

Visualize salary negotiation as a business transaction. Don’t cause yourself emotional distress. You must be confident!  Think in black and white, know your worth and leave your emotions out of it. After all, it’s just business.

Be Cautious.

There’s nothing like wearing out your welcome, but wearing out your welcome in an interview? Now that’s a talent that no one wants to have. It’s important to be realistic in your expectations. Keep your research and strategy in mind and don’t press for more money when it’s unnecessary. The last thing an employer wants to do is play games.

We understand that salary negotiation can be down right uncomfortable, and it’s probably not on the top of the list for a first conversation with your soon to be boss or the HR department. At Elite Staffing, we are well versed in negotiating offers for both what a position should be paying as well as what salary a candidate's skill set matches up with and we are very candid with both the company and the client. If you are looking for your next career opportunity and/or could benefit from more advice in salary negotiation, give us a call. We’re here to help guide you on your path to success!