(Closed) Show time: Salary negotiation!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ChicFoodist:  It was a big jump for me. I went from 80 to 120. I was also grossly underpaid in my position. I had confidence and I just knew that this was the thing to ask for–the time you have the most bargaining power is when they decide that they want you in that position. So I advise you to be bold, but let them name the salary first.

 

Post # 18
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1603 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@ChicFoodist:  I was talking to SO about this just last night.. It’s so messed up how salary negotiations aren’t based on reality! Like I personally would like to be able to say “I want xx” and they say “Works for us!” But REALLY, you have to say “I want 25k more than I actually am hoping for!!” so they can REneg DOWN to what you actually want. But it’s so scary to me to act like a hardass, and think they’ll laugh in my face at how ridiculous my asking salary is.

That’s just the way it works though!

I know so many friends who lowballed themselves, were given what they asked for with no pushback, and regretted it realizing they could have gotten more.

The worst that could happen is they’ll counter lower! Definitely give yourself a mental bare minimum, but ask high! 

Post # 19
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661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jessicadarling:  I agree and I had that feeling all three times I negotiated my salary that they would laugh at me. It never happened and I got what I wanted. But also, so what if it did? They would counter lower, as you point out. And then you can just decide if you want to take it or not. At least you would have the mental satisfaction of knowing you didn’t lowball yourself. Because NOT ASKING will haunt you later!

Post # 21
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956 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@ChicFoodist:  Never bring up money first.

When they ask, try and defer or get them to drop a number. I always defer by saying “I prefer to discuss salary after an offer is made. I want to be sure this is a good fit for both of us before we get caught up in numbers.”

The offer should come with a salary. Go from there.

If they press to negotiate now or say that this is a verbal offer and they need to discuss this before a formal offer can be on the table. “I saw the salary range for this position on the intranet (shows you did your research, go you!). My skills are highly specialized and I have already shown loyalty to this company, so I was expecting to be around 70K.”

Then, they either accept or counter. Either way, you got the job, go you.

Post # 22
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661 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@ChicFoodist:  Good luck–would love to know what happens!

Bet you get some of the good stuff πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Post # 23
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2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m interested to see what happens with the OP.  In my experience, at least in the USA, the kind of salary leaps being discussed never happen internally.  I have had to leave companies to get the kind of pay that I deserve.  I think there are more strings attached with salary, when it is an internal transfer, which is totally BS IMO.  I could be completely wrong, but I just wanted to give you my experience. 

 

Post # 26
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7683 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Take a deep breath! Think positive and carry on! 

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