The saying 'Good things come to those who wait' sounds so nice and hopeful; but unfortunately, that's not the way the corporate world works. If you're aiming to get what you want from your job (whether it's a pay raise, a new work set-up, or even your ideal salary at a job interview), you have to build your case, improve your communication skills, and negotiate for it. That's where mapping out your strategy and putting job negotiation tips to use come in.
The idea of coming right out and asking for something probably sounds frightening to some people, but you really won't get anywhere if you just sit quietly in your seat and go about your day.
Your employer is bound to think that you're contented with your work set-up and not offer anything to change or improve it. If you're unhappy with the way things work, or if there are some benefits you'd like to take advantage of, it's always best to open the lines of communication with your employer. But that doesn't mean you should storm into your boss's office and just blurt out, "I want ______" There's a smarter way to go about it, and it takes some preparation.
Job Negotiation Tip For Job Interviews
You're so close to landing your
dream job in a multinational corporation. Then they give you
a rundown of what they offer, from their benefits packages to
your salary and you find out that things aren't all that peachy.
What do you do?
Instead of throwing in the towel and waiting for a better offer to come along someday, talk things over. You shouldn't simply accept their first offer and wait for a year before requesting an increase. You might say that you would like to think about their offer for a while and ask them if they're unable to give you more. It would also be a big help if you know about the pay levels in different businesses for the kind of job you're looking for.
Job Negotiation Tip For A Salary Increase
You know you've earned it and you deserve it. But does your boss know?
Before marching up to her and requesting a meeting, do some research. Find out if your current salary is within the range of similar positions at your level elsewhere. Make sure that the company is presently in a position to grant pay raises to its employees. There are some times in a year when a company is overflowing with funds-that would be the best time for you to ask.
To know if you're worth the raise, you should assess your own performance at work and how you've helped the company (For example: Have your decision-making and problem-solving skills helped the corporation make more money? Have you contributed to the success of your team?). Analyze if you have any skills that could be useful or if the skills you possess has been beneficial to your company (For example: Do you have the creativity and leadership potential to manage people well? Have you become one of the major sales persons around? )
All the information you gathered will help you come prepared for your dialogue with your boss. Don't forget to prepare your presentation so you will be able to deliver your argument calmly and coherently. Again, being prepared and informed will go a long way in helping you get what you want, and it could help you anticipate any rebuttals during the course of your discussion. Accompany your words with body language signs.
Job Negotiation Tip For Extra Perks
You might want a little change in your work set-up, or enjoy a few extra things to improve the way you work. For example, you might want to be able to telecommute from time to time. Or maybe you'd like an increase in your phone allowances or perhaps add some extra vacation days. You don't need specialized training to enjoy some added benefits. The key thing here is to always be able to clearly explain why the perks you want to have are necessary and in what ways they could be beneficial to the company.
Overall, the point of negotiating
is to be able to strike the perfect balance and achieve the
things that would make you happy and would still be good for
the company. If you push too hard to swing matters your way,
your employer may think you're a liability or that you're simply
taking advantage of the business. So you should be prepared
to compromise at times. But it's always best to know exactly
why you're entitled to the benefits you're requesting, and for
you to be able to deliver that message without being too demanding.
May these job negotiation tips help you get
what you truly deserve from your job.
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