Congratulations, getting your CV noticed is tough, and means you are one step closer to successfully landing a job.
When preparing for the interview, it’s important to rehearse questions that might come your way and one of those questions will probably be about your salary expectations. As such, this is an element of the job search that you should be prepared for: salary negotiation.
In certain situations, you might wonder whether negotiation is even an option or appropriate. For example, can you negotiate salary as an entry-level or junior employee? Or how about for any job during a recession? Or is it ok to negotiate if you have taken a break for motherhood or another personal reason and are just getting back into the workforce?
In each of these scenarios, the short answer is yes, always negotiate. Employers will prepare for and expect some level of negotiation when it comes to salary, and if you are selected, you are always in a position to negotiate, other factors aside. At worst, your prospective employer will say no to your negotiation attempts, but it’s likely that you will receive at least part of, if not all of what you are negotiating for, ending up in a better position overall.
Negotiating salary shows that you are well-prepared, value your own professional worth and it can put you in a good position for future promotions and pay rises. As an important part of the process, it’s essential to prepare, so here are 6 tips to negotiate your salary like a pro.