Negotiating a Job Offer

If I ask you what you should bring up when negotiating a job offer, what comes to mind? I am willing to bet that you said, “salary.” You might have even included vacation days as a negotiation item. It’s fairly common that most of us...

It’s that time of year. You are sharing feedback about your coworkers while your supervisor is completing feedback on you and preparing your salary increase. It’s performance review season, and it is an ideal time to ask for a raise. Your performance review session provides you...

When an employer asks what your salary history is, do you know how to respond? We have all experienced that uncomfortable hesitation to share when a potential employer asks the question about our salary history. Have you ever found yourself wondering why they want that information? Have you ever felt the nagging feeling that sharing could actually work against you? If so, your instincts were right! If you have already regrettably shared your salary history before accepting a job offer, you may have potentially placed yourself in a situation to receive a lower salary than you deserve especially if you were already underpaid. Don’t settle there. You need and deserve to get paid a salary that you’re worth. So what if you shared your salary history and received a low salary offer? You should respond by doing the following:
  • Do your own research on what the average market salary is for someone in your profession. Glassdoor.com is a fantastic resource of salary data. Salary information is input by current and previous employees in each industry. This information is also searchable by company names.
  • Federal and state laws are making it increasingly unlawful for employers to solicit questions about your salary history and so many companies are complying by removing questions related to your previous salary on the application and during the interview process. Yes, there are still some...