When you’re in the market for a new office job, one of the most important things to think about is how much money you think you’re worth, and how much you’re willing to settle for if you can’t bargain for the figure in mind. It’s important to be realistic though.
We’d all love to earn a high salary ― for some, that’s possible, for others, it’s something to work towards ― but you need to realistically assess how much you think you should be taking home based on your skills, experience, position, and industry.
Salaries will always vary from job to job; for instance, a sales executive with ten years’ office experience will be able to command a much higher wage than someone that’s only worked in the job for two years; and it’s possible that a secretary working for an affluent company in the private sector will be paid a bit more than a secretary in the public sector.
But if you are planning on negotiating the best salary for your office job, follow these top tips:
- Visit mysalarychecker.com to research what you should be earning based on your job role and location. You can also use this to negotiate a pay rise in your current office job.
- Research the company that you’re interviewing at to see how well they’re performing financially. If they’re doing well, you’re far more likely to be able to barter with them; if they’re struggling, you may have to reassess your expectations if you really want to work there.
- Know what you have to offer: if you have a clear idea of what skills you can bring to the table, you’ll stand a much better chance of being able to market yourself for the right money.
- It’s sometimes a good idea to say that your expectations are negotiable until you receive an offer. This could give you enough leverage to ask your potential employer for a higher figure.
- If you are pushed to say what salary you’d be happy with, ask what the range is so that you know what the boundaries are.
- Never lie about previous earnings as your references are likely to expose you, and you might lose the job altogether.
- If you can’t get the salary you’re after, why not ask about benefits, bonuses and perks? You should also consider the potential to progress, as with promotions often comes pay rises.
We know how important your earnings are, but if you’re going after a job that you really love, at a brilliant company, with fantastic managers and bags of career potential, it’s wise to think about more than money alone.
If you want to talk about your options, contact us today.