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Salary Negotiations

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They key to getting the salary you want is to make sure you deserve it first.

I've never negotiated for my salary in my life, so maybe I don't know what I'm talking about. I've always been given what I wanted, and frequently have been given more than I thought I could get. Sometimes a lot more. And not always at designated salary review times.


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Nov. 10th, 2008 06:51 am (UTC)
I think timing has a lot to do with it too...
Nov. 10th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
How so?

How could my "timing" be that much "better" than anyone else who worked through the Dot Bomb era of 2000-2002 through to now?
Nov. 10th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
I was referring to more of the timing when discussing the salary or responsibilities issue with the boss.. What is going on, in terms of them, or the organization at that point in time and is it a good time to discuss it.

Of course, timing means nothing, if you don't perform well, or work hard. The point I wanted to mention was that hard work opens up opportunity (including better timing).

In the end though, you're absolutely right, with your initial statement. You have to define what you want and who you are, before anything can happen--Ray
Nov. 10th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see what you're saying. I completey agree. It's a good idea to discuss that kind of thing shortly after a successful project or a successful quarter.
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Nov. 10th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I've read similar things before.

But if I've done the research on salary expectations for my job description and skill set, spoken to multiple recruiters about what numbers they typically see for resumés similar to mine, AND my salary is still higher, I don't think that applies to me.

Maybe it's that people should stop asking for what they don't deserve. And the world should stop giving people what they don't deserve.
Nov. 11th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
It's so nice to be offered a reasonable (or more than) raise and not have to negotiate! I don't really know how one goes about quantifying their worth when negotiating these things, especially if the raise you want or expect isn't offered.
Nov. 14th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
This is where it would be beneficial to talk to a recruiter or some sort of Professional Services where they give you resume advice, take a skills inventory, draw up a profile of your educational background, relevant past work experience, etc.

That's where I'd begin anyway. Then, it's up to the individual to see where and how they can add value to the group, department or organization that they land the job in.
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