Negotiating A Job Offer

Talk to mentors on how to request a promotion and argue for a pay increase

A job offer is on the table. You’re excited about the role and the company, but there’s just one problem: the salary isn’t what you were expecting. Now it’s time to negotiate, but how can you do it in a way that gets you the salary you deserve?

One strategy is to start high. By anchoring your initial offer at a higher number, you give yourself more room to negotiate downwards without seeming like you’re giving up too much ground.

But are you only interested in a higher salary? What could be potential benefits of the job – both in the short and on the long run? Will the job set you up for future promotions or job opportunities? Will it simply function as a nice line on your future resume?

That being said, you shouldn’t be afraid to walk away from the negotiation if it isn’t going your way. Sometimes the best strategy is simply to let the other side know that you’re not desperate for the job - and that they’ll need to meet your expectations if they want to seal the deal.

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