5 Rules of Salary Negotiation

3/11/2016
Heather Huhman

Are you hoping to receive an awesome job offer? Are you praying that your employer will give you a raise in 2016?

Whether it’s the fear of being perceived as pushy or feeling uncomfortable about the negotiation process, professionals are hesitant when it comes to salary negotiation.

Make it a goal in 2016 to earn the salary you deserve. Instead of fearing salary negotiation, here are five rules every professional should follow when asking for a raise:

1. Avoid accepting the first offer.

When negotiating a job offer, don’t be quick to say “yes.” Instead, tell the employer you need more time to think about the offer.

Ask the employer if you can provide a response within the next 24 to 48 hours. During this time, sit down with the job offer and determine whether it’s a fair offer. After you’ve made your decision, approach the employer with your counteroffer and be ready to negotiate a higher salary.

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