Top Salary Negotiation Tactics

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Salary negotiations can be tricky. You don't want to price yourself out of a job offer. I've seen that happen when candidates ask for a salary that is thousands of dollars more than the company has budgeted for the position.

On the flip side, it's important to get paid what you are worth and you don't want to be taken advantage of. In addition, if you are going to accept a job offer, you need to earn a paycheck that is going to be enough to pay the bills.

What's the best way to negotiate salary? These salary negotiation tactics will help you negotiate a fair compensation package. Here are salary negotiation tactics including how to evaluate a job offer, negotiating salary and benefits, and how to make a counter offer if you want to get a higher salary when you receive a job offer from an employer.

Top 5 Salary Negotiation Tactics

1. Be Patient
When you are interviewing for a job and want to discuss salary, be patient. Try not to bring up compensation until the employer makes you an offer. If the employers asks what your salary requirements are, say they are open based upon the position and the responsibilities of the job.

2. Evaluate the Job Offer
Once you get a job offer, evaluate it carefully - there are more factors that come into play than just the base salary. Also inquire about commission, bonuses, and projected salary increase, as well as benefits, hours, and promotion and growth opportunities.

For each potential position, record this information in an organized check list and compare the pros and cons in order to make an informed decision.

3. Consider a Counter Offer
One of the best ways to open discussions after you have received a job offer is to ask for meeting to discuss it. Here's a counter offer letter and counter offer email message you can use to start the conversation if you're going to make a counter offer.

4. Research What You're Worth
Take the time to research salaries. That way you will be prepared to get what you're worth and to get a job offer that's realistic and reasonable. Here's how to research salaries.

5. Take Your Time
When you receive a job offer, take your time making a decision. Ask the employer any remaining questions you have. You can also ask an employer for time to consider an offer. The employer would prefer that you decline, rather than having you leave a couple weeks into work.

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