Salary Negotiation: Five Rules to Follow

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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.

While the job market has been improving over the past few years, pay rates have remained stagnant, at best, for most workers. That trend seems to be easing as we move into 2015, with many expecting salaries to increase across all job markets. While changing jobs and/or companies is often the best way to secure a salary increase, it's not the only way.

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. According to the 2015 PayScale Salary Negotiation Guide, only 43 percent of the survey's respondents have asked for a raise in their current field.

Instead of fearing salary negotiation, Heather Huhman, writing for Glassdoor, has identified five rules every professional should follow when asking for a raise.

Salary negotiation is a challenging process for many professionals, but it can be one of the most rewarding things you do for your career. By following these rules of salary negotiation, hopefully you'll earn the salary you deserve in 2015.

 

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