job negotiation
August 13, 2016

How to Negotiate the Best Job Offer in the Current Job Market

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In this article, we discuss ways to negotiate the best job offer. In addition, we’ll go over some of the best negotiation tactics for you to use when interviewing in today’s current job market.

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In the current job market, getting a job that’s right for you is one of the most difficult tasks facing people today. With the population continuing to grow and the number of open job positions shrinking, it is clear that the struggle is evident in all levels of employment search. However, after locking in a job interview for a position that fits your desires, it’s time for you to work on your negotiation tactics.

Negotiation Tactics

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Don’t settle. Settling is more common among younger people who believe due to their age they aren’t worth as much as they actually are in the workplace. If you’re young and faced with having to negotiate for a position, don’t be afraid to do so! If you believe that you and your skill set are worth more, then have some faith in yourself.

Don’t be Quick to say “Yes” to the Job

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Regarding both salary discussion and job acceptance, don’t do either of these things too early in the interview process. Discussing your salary too soon during the meeting may turn your potential employer off from hiring you. Accepting a job too early after being offered the job is only good for the organization. This may show that you are eager to work for them, but it also means that they can pay you what they want, which may be a lower wage than what you’d originally expected. Even if you are desperate to be hired because unemployment has been an ongoing issue for you, it’s important to take some time to consider any job offers that are received.

Don’t Take Things Personal

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If the interviewer doesn’t give you the salary that you have in mind, it’s important that you don’t take it personally. Keep in mind you and the interviewer are going into this meeting with your own agendas. You are seeking to secure a job at an appropriate wage, and the interviewer is seeking to find the most qualified employee who is willing to accept the lowest possible salary. If the wage they offer is unacceptable, and there’s no room for further negotiations, then don’t take it to heart. Just remember that organization would reply the same to anyone making your same request because they have a set number in mind as a salary.

Be Likeable

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While many of us believe that personality and likeability mean nothing in an interview, unfortunately, they do. There is a good chance the person conducting the interview will be your boss if you are offered a position at the company. If they aren’t too keen on your attitude or personality, then they may decide against hiring you. This will hold true even if you are more than qualified, and your interview went amazingly.

Don’t Feel Pressured to Negotiated Every Detail

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Negotiating isn’t something that you must do in a job interview. If you are overwhelmed that you have received the job offer and are satisfied with the salary and perks that the employer is offering you, then there are no issues with you accepting the offer that they have proposed.

In Conclusion

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The current job market is becoming tougher and tougher every day. While it is becoming more difficult and getting jobs may be getting more competitive, by no means does that mean that you should lower your expectations. If you need a particular wage to enjoy your current standard of living, then work on your negotiation skills and negotiate with your future employer to achieve that salary.

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