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So you want a raise. How do you go about getting what you feel you deserve this year without ruffling too many feathers or annoying too many of your superiors? It’s easy, keep a cool head, here are some negotiation tricks you need to get the salary you deserve.
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You know how much your worth, but you also need to know what your colleagues and superiors earn and what your employers can afford to pay you. Be reasonable, because especially in an interview, you may be eliminated for asking for too much.
KEEP A COOL HEAD
Read our article on how to exude confidence when you’re incredibly nervous, take a deep breath and be firm. Eliminate any subtle words you might say to make yourself seem less demanding, and allow them to make the first offer if possible.
ASK FOR WHAT YOU’RE WORTH
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Know how you would get paid at other companies doing the same job, and figure out how much your company values you. You hold the power if you are a highly valued employee, but you also need to make sure you don’t ask for too much. That’s why letting your manager/employer make the first offer is the best way.
BE KEEN BUT NOT TOO KEEN
You’re excited, you’ve made your counter offer, you’ve kept a cool head, and you’ve agreed on a salary. Ignore the impulse to squeal and be super excited or to run your mouth at a hundred miles per hour while profusely thanking them for their time. Be gracious, but not too desperate, otherwise, your employees may think they’ve made a mistake, and especially in a job interview, you may not get the salary you want in the end.
GET IT IN WRITING
The most important part of salary negotiations is to get it in writing, this is better for both parties, as it guarantees that you will get the salary you agreed on and that both parties consent to the salary as agreed!