How to Negotiate Salary

Have you heard people tell you to “never take the first offer,” or “always negotiate your salary.” That’s great advice, but the bigger question is HOW? If you’re not sure where to start, I have a few ways you can approach it:

  1. Know the going rate for your position in your industry in your geographic area – the more you can incorporate data into your talking points, the better. You can use sites like Glassdoor or Payscale to help you research.
  2. If possible, try to avoid sharing your final number, but if forced to throw out the first number, always give a range – you can say something like: “People like me typically earn XX to XX.”
  3. Negotiate benefits – don’t forget to take into account the value of vacation days, flexible schedules, and other perks into your offer. You may have more success in negotiating these items if the recruiter is unable to budge on salary.
  4. Rehearse with a friend – go through a faux negotiation with a friend or better yet, someone from your industry that can ask the tough questions.
  5. Don’t be afraid to walk away – if the offer isn’t right for you, walking away is an option. You NEVER want to negotiate from a place of desperation. Have confidence in your worth.

You can also use a consultation with me to run the options of a salary negotiation. I can help you prepare for success. Schedule yours today: