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Salary Negotiation: Tactics Everyone Can Use

Salary Negociation

In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi tells you how to maximize your job offers by being a smart negotiator. Vicki Salemi, Monster career expert Q. What are some salary negotiation tactics everyone can use? A. There are several tactics you can use in salary negotiations, regardless of your industry, geographic region, and job level. One of the most important tips I can give is that you must know your worth. What is the going rate for someone in your position and in your region, with your level of experience? You can find this information from a variety of places—online, mentors, former bosses who work at other companies, peers. Once you know what the going rate is for someone like you, figure out your “break-it” number—that is, the lowest possible base salary you will accept. Identify this number prior to any job offer. When coming up with your break-it number, it’s important to calculate what your out-of-pocket monthly health care costs will be. When you’re comparing two offers side by side, one salary may seem much more lucrative, but buyer beware. Don’t forget to compare employee benefits packages and your commuting costs (time and money). Evaluate the entire ...

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