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Use timing to establish your value. Don’t be too quick to accept employer’s first offer.
If offer is unacceptable, go back to talking about responsibilities and importance of job. Stress how keen you are to work for company and how much you feel you can contribute. Maintain a calm, friendly, and professional demeanour at all times.
Anticipate objections and be prepared to overcome them. Assess company’s needs beforehand and justify your salary request by showing them how they will benefit from your skills, knowledge, and experience.
Be creative in suggesting salary options. If company is not in a position to offer a higher salary, concentrate on negotiating parallel benefits such as performance bonuses, company car, profit-sharing, etc.
Remember that you are negotiating your relationship with your prospective employer. It should be a collaborative process. Both parties will benefit from a successful outcome. Avoid conflict. Be firm but friendly in asserting your rights.
If you are satisfied with offer you receive, try to resist urge to accept on spot. Instead, express your enthusiasm about prospects of joining company and ask for a little time to consider offer.
When evaluating offer, consider all relevant factors, e.g. salary, benefits, responsibilities, location, environment, and promotional prospects.
Once you have accepted job offer and agreed on salary and benefits, ask for a letter of confirmation.
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Gerard McLoughlin, Director of Assignments Plus Communications, has contributed career-related articles to hundreds of recruitment companies, websites and publications throughout the world, including: USA Today, JobBankUSA.com, US-Recruiters.com, Jobs1.co.uk, Nurse-Recruiter.com, and Recruitireland.com.