When you’re in the midst of a job search, there are lots of factors to take into consideration – salary is often the most important of them all.
We recommend to have a salary range in mind when you’re searching for a new position; this allows you to know exactly what you need to pay your bills, but also be flexible.
Negotiating your salary is often one of the more stressful acts during a job search – you don’t want to ask for too much money and talk yourself out of a job, but you also don’t want to sell yourself short. And then there are situations when you should not actually negotiate. Ugh, we know that’s not what you want to hear, but let’s explore when and when you should not negotiate your salary:
“This is as High as We Can Go”
If you hear these words during the process of accepting a position, know that there is no negotiating at this point. A hiring manager is not a car salesman, he knows the company’s budget and he knows what they’re willing to pay. And if he’s being upfront with you, pay attention and don’t insult him by asking for more money.
Know Your Worth
It’s important to do your research and know the salary range for your industry, experience and area where you live. If you do this and if the amount you’re offered is close to this number, it’s probably not a good idea to negotiate the salary. You don’t want to seem too greedy or misinformed.
You Have No Other Choice
If the salary offered is too low and there is no way you can take the job and still keep a roof over your head, then it’s time to negotiate. When negotiating, just remember to be clear and explain to your potential employer why you are worth more money. Don’t list a bunch of expenses; everyone has bills to pay.
Again, understand that every situation and circumstance is different. Pay attention and listen for cues when speaking with a potential employer. Teaming up with a professional staffing agency will also give you a bit of an inside edge when interviewing and discussing salary. Looking for an IT staffing agency in DFW? Give Maxsys Solutions a call.