If you're looking for a raise, or looking for a new job and dread the question "So how much are you looking to make?", you're walking into a minefield that could either result in you making a good, fair wage, or getting underpaid from the start. Here are some things to avoid when it's time to talk turkey. Image credit: Brian Ach/Getty Images
The folks at PayScale put together this simple list of salary negotiation mistakes you should avoid when it comes down to talking about money, but the big hits are simple enough. Avoid doing these things:
- Negotiating by email or chat
- Overlooking other perks available for the job or included with your job
- Being afraid to make the first move
- Giving in to your nerves and letting the conversation run away from you
Some of these are classics, like trying to negotiate something sensitive over email, but others are more important. For example, you should absolutely consider your job's other benefits or at least negotiate them when you talk about your whole pay package. Are you trading a higher salary for bonus money that could eventually wind up paying you more? Or giving up something like flex time or remote work in exchange for coming into the office every day for a little more money?
Similarly, the old worry that you shouldn't be the first person to throw out a number in a salary negotiation has long been disproven. Making the first move is fine, as long as you're well aware of your value and the value of your skills and qualifications.
For more on each of these, hit the link below to read the full post at PayScale. Ideally, it will make the next time you have to ask for a raise that much easier.
4 Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid [PayScale]