THE WOKE WOMAN’S GUIDE TO SALARY NEGOTIATION
I recall a close friend who had lightly bragged about expecting a huge salary offer after he may have gotten a job offer because his palms had been itchy the previous day. Superstition has it that if one’s right palm is itchy then it means there was going to be a likely inflow of money for the individual while when the left palm got itchy, it meant money would have to be paid out.
Quite hilarious! You don’t need to take this to heart as having itchy palms will certainly not guarantee that your proposed employers will be offering you a fat paycheck upon scaling through the interview and landing your job. What you ask for during a salary negotiation doesn’t just influence how much you earn—it also tells your future employer whether you’re good at negotiating, which is a skill you can put to work for the employer once you’re hired. It cannot be ruled out that salary negotiation may make you uncomfortable, but it’s extremely important. Some women also might tend to be hesitant in respect to salary negotiation because they do not possess a long duration of work experience but you should understand that every skill or opportunity that you have been exposed to even in the course of being involved in a student organization or working on a smaller platform counts.
It does not matter if you’re starting a new job or gunning for a promotion at a current one or involved making business decisions, we should all know the art of negotiation. This will have you armed during your next interview;
Be a Girl Scout
The scouts have a motto – “Be prepared.” Flipping through Google search on your phone in 5 minutes is not enough. Make a proper research on what is obtainable in the sector of your choice and the possibility of your expectation being met. Figure out how much you want—but ask for a bit more to leave room for compromise. Practice negotiating your salary. Sit down with someone you trust and role-play the experience.
Silence is a good tool
Let the other side do the talking. No matter how much of a talker you are, you might need to be little more silent during salary negotiation. This does not mean that you should not make salient points during the process, rather, being silent helps you to put your thought process in order and give great responses.
You can be persistent and not sound rude
The negotiation is a discussion aimed at reaching an agreement. It should not shock you when your employer rejects your first request for a higher offer. Persist gently, justifying your proposed salary and the intended value you are willing to bring to the table. However if the hiring manager does not consent to your proposal then negotiate other compensation such as private office, a flexible schedule, better health insurance or a performance bonuses.
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