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If you’re going through the hiring process, you need to be smart about negotiating salary. Failure to ask for a fair salary when you first start out can affect your earnings going forward as raises are often based on your current salary. On the other hand, if you ask for too much, you could lose out on the job because the employer may decide they’re unwilling to meet your demands.

Bringing up salary at the right time, and being reasonable about your requirements, is key if you want to get hired and hope to be paid fairly. Some key tips to help you decide how and when to bring up salary requirements include the following:

  • Don’t bring up salary too early in the interview process: You want to sell yourself before you throw out a salary number. If the hiring manager is impressed with the skills you showcased during the interview process, they’ll be much more likely to be willing to negotiate with you on salary.
  • Don’t be the first to bring up salary: You don’t want the hiring manager to get the impression you’re focused only on what the company can do for you and not on how you can add value to the organization. Don’t bring up salary too early or be the first one to ask for money. Wait until the conversation evolves to the level where an employer is interested in asking about your salary needs.
  • Make sure you can back up your ask: When you throw out a desired salary number, you should have a reason for asking for that amount of money. Research the prevailing wages in your industry and your area to ensure you are making a reasonable salary request.
  • Don’t forget to negotiate on benefits: While your employer may not be willing to give you more money, you can negotiate on other benefits such as vacation, health insurance, paid sick leave, subsidized child care or flexible work time.

IES Custom Staffing can help you find a great job that pays a salary you’ll be happy to earn. Contact our staffing service today to find out more about how we can help you to find good paying work in your field.

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