So far in our HER+Data blog series, we’ve covered crafting an interview-worthy CV and turning that interview into a job offer. Now, with a new IT job offer firmly in your hands, we’re looking at how to negotiate the salary you’re worth – with these top tips for women in IT.
Receiving a new IT job offer is flattering and exciting – it’s natural to get caught up in the moment and immediately accept the offer, never dreaming of mentioning or negotiating your new salary. But taking the time to consider your new job offer and pay packet is important because:
So, what do you do when the salary offered doesn’t contain the figures you had in mind?
The first step in negotiating the salary you’re worth is knowing the salary you’re worth. This requires preparation in the form of:
This preparation will give you the evidence to use during your negotiations, and will show your potential employer that you’ve done your research.
Once you’re confident that the salary you have been offered is not the salary you’re worth or willing to accept, then you need to start negotiating. Lead the negotiation discussion by:
Salary discussion can make you feel nervous and awkward, but it’s an excellent way to demonstrate your interpersonal, communication and persuasive skills. Plus, it’s very rare for a job offer to be retracted when receiving a salary negotiation.
Hopefully, your salary negotiations are a huge success, resulting in the ideal pay packet with your name on it. But, if they don’t, all is not lost. You can:
Throughout this whole process, it’s always important to remember that:
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