Negotiating for More

Want to earn $5,000 in 5 minutes? When that juicy job offer finally comes through, think before you accept! Even if you desperately want the job, you still have negotiating power. Here’s how to turn a few minutes into a few grand.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask. It’s not “greedy” or “ungrateful” to negotiate — it’s expected! Unless the compensation offer far exceeds your expectations, you should plan to negotiate to show the company that you know your own value.
  • Talk about “we,” not “me.” A negotiation is aimed at helping both parties reach an agreement. This conversation is not about helping you pay your steep living expenses or manage your student loans. Present your case in terms of the value you bring to the employer, rather than discussing your personal budget.
  • Be prepared. Plan out your talking points, and ask for a short chat to discuss the offer. Be clear about your strengths, your accomplishments, and the value you will bring to the employer. Rehearse, but don’t memorize, these points, and make your case over the phone or in person.
  • Look beyond the salary. You can negotiate for more vacation days, a flexible work schedule, technology or work resources, or even a gym membership.
  • Be confident! What do you have to lose?

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