You should always negotiate when it comes to accepting a new job. Women, more often than men, tend to feel thankful for a job offer, overlooking the fact that they actually earned and deserved it. This outlook plays a part in why the pay gap remains so wide when it comes to men and women.
According to a study from the Harvard Business Review, “Women are 11 percent less likely to enter negotiations than men, and this gap arises despite the fact that those who enter negotiations almost always gain from doing so.”
Negotiating a salary is part of the job interview — it’s not seen as a deal breaker when it comes to getting a job or a reason for employers to rescind the job offer. Read on for six tips to help you not leave any money on the table.
1. Do your research.
Before you interview, make sure to research the company. Look on LinkedIn. Scope out the salary range and your personal market worth through a platform like Glassdoor. Ask questions. If you walk into a job that will pay you 30 percent less than what you are currently making, you are wasting your time if increasing your salary is your primary goal.
2. Pick up the phone.
3. Hold your tongue.
4. Ask for it.
5. Give a range.
6. Spread your insight.
This article first appeared on Brit + Co.
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