Job offer salary negotiation is not an easy task, as there is no standard method. To be successful, be prepared for job offer salary negotiation by having a figure in mind and by practicing several scenarios. A salary negotiation letter is not needed in most cases. Delay job offer salary negotiation until the company makes you a job offer. 

Job offer salary negotiation tips: 

  • When applying for a job or during the initial interviewing process, we do not recommend disclosing you current pay rate or salary. Delay answering this question by saying something like “I am sure we’ll agree on a starting salary that’s acceptable to both parties” or “my starting salary requirements/ expectations are negotiable”
  • If you are earning higher than their budget, they may eliminate you.
  • If you are earning less than their budget, you may miss out on getting higher salary than what you are earning.
  • Let the employer decide to hire you first, then discuss the starting salary. You will be in a much better position to negotiate a higher salary and to secure the position.
  • Always negotiate after you are offered the job, but before you accept the offer.
  • Be decisive and very serious in your moves.
  • Obviously if you have more than one job offer, you will be in a better position to negotiate a higher starting salary & pick the the better job. This can be tricky, so be genuine in your discussions as you don’t want to end up with no offers.
  • It is easier to start with a higher starting salary than to start with a lower starting salary & then expect to get a high pay rise in the near future to make up for it.
  • Our salary negotiation coaching services help you gain specific job offer negotiation skills
  • Once you get the job offer show your interest, but it is best not to give them an answer right away. Let them know that you will get back to them later that afternoon or first thing in the morning. This allows you to review the offer and prepare your negotiation process. Be prepared by going through the two scenarios in our negotiate job offer with examples of negotiation scenario.
  • Start with the starting base job offer salary negotiations first. Once you agree on a starting salary on this, start negotiating additional benefits.
  • To get you to accept a job offer, some employers will say they’ll review your pay in 6 months. Be aware that while they probably will, they usually will only give you a pay rise if your performance is above their expectations. So once you start working for a company their standard/  normal pay rise criteria will apply to you. So accept an job offer salary that you will be satisfied with in case you don’t get a pay rise in a few months.
  • Keep in mind that most employers are happy to negotiate your job offer salary package as a whole.
  • If you know that you will not be accepting a company’s job offer regardless, do not waste the company’s time or yours by making a counter offer or negotiating.
  • It is not uncommon for an employer to negotiate a few extra paid holidays or annual leave in the first year due to a pre-planned commitment… etc.
  • Also, if you are currently working, it is best not to resign, as you will be in a better position to secure and negotiate a higher job offer salary for the new job if you are currently working. 

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