How to Negotiate Your Next Salary


Wondering how to negotiate your next salary? Well, we’ve put together some advice to help you, read on to discover more.

Bide your time

First and foremost, don’t start talking about benefits or salary until after you’ve been offered the job. Use your interview to ask about the role and the organisation, rather than salary. If you want a few questions to hand to ask at interview there’s lots of advice available online, just take a look.

Do your research

Also, ensure you’ve done your research beforehand, so you know the going rate for similar roles. Look for jobs with a similar specification, with similar employers, and see what they are offering, including any additional benefits. If you are new to the role, be realistic and bear in mind that candidates with more experience, will earn more for the same role.

Once you’ve had a job and salary offer, ask if there is any flexibility in that offer. If the offer is below what you were expecting, then say so. Make your case as to why you should be offered a higher salary by referring to your experience, knowledge, awards or accolades, additional qualifications or the transferable skills you’d bring to the job.

Know your market

As we’ve mentioned, the most important thing when negotiating a salary is to have done your research beforehand and know the going market rate. In your negotiations cite the standard salaries in the industry and any additional benefits you know to be the norm. For instance, if the firm from which you’ve had the job offer doesn’t give you the benefits of their competitors, it may help you argue the case for a higher salary in recompense.

Do ask for slightly more than you hope to achieve, so there is room for negotiation, but not so much more, that it’s out of step with the industry norm.

Don’t get personal

Also, don’t give away too much information too soon; and don’t tell your prospective employer the minimum wage you’d expect – or that’s all they are ever likely to offer you. Also, don’t share personal information about your various financial commitments, obligations or difficulties, it won’t help.

Your quality of life

Remember too, that there are other important considerations such as working hours, on-call commitments, location, ease of journey and workplace culture. It’s also mentioned on the CV-Library site that there are some factors that money can’t buy, and if you find a role you’d love, in an organisation with a culture you’d feel happy in, then that’s worth its weight in gold, no salary can make up for it.

So, there you have an overview of how to negotiate your salary, we hope you’ll soon have your dream job offer and be receiving your ideal salary too!

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