Getting offered a new job is always exciting, whether you want the job or not. Sometimes, you’ll get a job offer without even trying. But if it’s something you’re interested in, you’ve got to make sure the money is right before making a big life change like leaving your current position. It may not be easy to leave where you’re at without an offer that knocks you off your feet. If you find yourself in the midst of a salary negotiation, here are a few tips from Ladders that can help you get the salary you need…
Know your worth: With a little research, you can get a good idea of what similar jobs pay. Also, don’t forget to consider the cost of living, especially if you’re changing cities. And don’t forget to trust your gut. If the position you’re considering is something you’re really excited about, think about your current pay and decide if making a little less would still be worth making the change.
Show your worth: There are several tactics you can use to communicate your value to a potential employer. You can make a list of big projects you worked on. You can show your zest for learning by discussing any certifications or professional development you’ve gone through or plan to in the future. Just be sure not to oversell yourself.
Don’t forget about benefits: Your paycheck is important, but don’t forget about the value of benefits. You might find more paid time off, the ability to work remotely, retirement contributions, etc. to be very enticing when you receive a job offer. Also, unless an offer blows your socks off, never accept the first offer you get.