Post # 1
I received the following from a potential employer in her job offer:
“Realistically we are not in a position to match your salary request at this time. Given your experience and level of training we would offer you a starting salary of ***************.”
I really want to work for this company — I love what they do and the position they are offering. The salary they are offering me is about BPS 6k (so in USD it’s about 10k) less than my requested salary . . . . Job offers can be so tough to come by these days, I am hesitating to niggle . . . . espeically since I think their offer is reasonable. At the same time, I’m the type that hates confrontation, so I would almost look for any excuse not to negotiate because I am up tight about this type of thing.
So I ‘m curious about your experiences . . . have you negotiated for a higher salary??? Successfully??? DId it ever cause you to lose a job offer in the process?
Post # 3
Never been successful, but I dont think it hurts to ask. Maybe you can ask to meet half way and see what they say. At worse they say no, they can’t offer any more, and you’re left with the same offer as you are right now.
Post # 4
Is there a reason why you think you should be paid that? Are other companys offering the salary that you are requesting for the same experience/level?
Post # 5
As for negotiating I think it depends on how much you want the job, value added (what you’ll get out of the job), and ultimately whether you can afford to take a pay cut. I agree with you, jobs are hard to come by right now, so I’m inclined to say don’t push it – there could be 10 (or even 100) other people after this job.
Post # 6
Are you currently unemployed and desperate for this job? $10k USD is a huge paycut, IMO. I once did negotiate for a higher salary in a retail position and I got marginally more. Perhaps they can give you even 1-2k more and discuss the possibility for a raise in the near future should you be able to show your worth to the company? Depending on how desperate you are for the position, I would respond saying that it’s a huge cut in pay and if there’s anything they can do at all to come up to meet you somewhere in the middle and what their policies are on raises/bonuses so that you know if you can work your way up to that salary or not.
Post # 7
Do you currently have a job and are looking for a new one or are you unemployed? Being employed can give you a big leg-up in negotiating.
When I interviewed for my current job, I was working for a competitor. The new job offered me $10,000 less than my requested salary. I responded that my current company is offering to match my requested salary to keep me there, but I am willing to leave if the new company were to offer that salary.
They responded immediately that they would match my requested salary, and I’ve been here for 2 years and received a pretty substantial raise and bonus last year!
Post # 8
Is it a large company, or small company or non-profit? If it’s a large company you should definitely try to negotiate. But I agree with PPs, if you’re currently unemployed or very unhappy then you should go for it. I would take a 10k pay cut for a job that made me happier, but I have a decent salary and so does my Fiance so it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I would think about the size of the organization, how profitable it is, and how much you need the money, but if it’s a large company then keep gunning for a higher salary.
Post # 9
Is it a paycut, or are you looking to be rewarded for switching jobs? If you’re leaving your current employer because you think you’re being paid an unfair wage that’s one thing, but as a recruiter I find it very frustrating that people coming from a place where they were paid a fair salary expect it to jump significantly just because they’ve made a sideways move.
Post # 10
You can always try to negotiate, if you’re smart about it, the worst that can happen is that they say no and you take the low salary.
When I negotiate, I call my contact at the company and say something like “Thank you for the job offer. I am really excited about the position and I really want to work at your company. However, the salary is the one sticking point that is making it difficult for me to decide on the offer.” Once you say that, you can leave it up to them to let you know if they can offer more or not. If they can’t offer more, then you can think about it and later accept the offer if you still want it.
Post # 12
You can try to negotiate but in my experience with my current company, when they tell you they cannot match what you are asking it means they won’t end of story so if you counter they will just tell you sorry. When you applied did they tell you the range?
Post # 11
Maybe you can come back with “are there any other benefits that you can offer in exchange for the lower starting salary.” Maybe you can get more annual leave or student loan reimbursement or a sign on bonus.
Women need to stick up for themselves in salary negotiations! I heard somewhere that men aren’t afraid to value themselves more highly in the workplace and this is why they’re paid more.
Post # 13
Look at several things here
* Will you get any non-financial benefits? Such as career education, good experience, a great company name on your resume, a great mentor, other opportunities
* Is it a shorter commute? Better hours?
There are other reasons to accepting a lower salary.
I would try to counter saying you will accept tha salary, but would like an extra week of vacation. I did that at my current job and was granted the extra vacation.
Post # 14
Try for a higher salary first, then if they come back that they really can’t pay you more, counter with non-financial incentives you would take.
Post # 15
@Miss Mochaccino: ask for a sign on bonus works Everytime
Post # 16
We definitely need more info. Are you currently working or unemployed?
If you are unemployed I would take the deal. If you are currently working I would ask if they could meet you half way. If not then ask for a 3 or 6 month salary review to be drawn into your contract. Actually ask for an early salary review either way so you can negotiate up once you prove your worth.