How to Negotiate a Better Salary  

Posted by Mohammad Talha in ,

If you want to make the most of your career you'll want to negotiate your salary in the best way possible. Where a lot of people make a mistake with that is, they talk about the salary that they expect to get on their resume or cover letter and that, can get them weeded out of the applicant pool before they ever even get an interview. You'll want to avoid any mention of how much you expect the company to pay you when you submit your application, resume, or cover letter to them. It's not a good idea, because you might set your expectations too high and be turned down right away. If you set them too low you could end up making your prospective employer think that you really aren't worth anything or that you have no confidence in yourself.
Neither one of these scenarios is likely to get you an interview, much less get you the job. If you're specifically asked about a salary requirement you can state that you are looking for the market rate, or that your salary requirements are open but you're sure a company such as that one would pay market rate.
Those are nice ways to say that you expect to be paid well without coming out and putting a dollar figure on your employment opportunity. Once you've been through the entire recruitment process and have been hired is the time to start discussing dollar figures, because then you have a position of strength. The employer probably doesn't want to spend a lot of time going through the recruitment process with someone else, so he or she will be more willing to negotiate as long as you don't get greedy. Know in advance what the salary range is for your job in that area of the country and understand that you'll need to stay within that. An employer isn't going to want to pay more for what is essentially still an unknown quantity. You should also stick with the old adage that you won't get anything unless you ask. If you've shown the employer what you have to offer, ask for what you really think is fair and then negotiate from that point. (Source)

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