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A Guide to Negotiating Salary

December 2nd, 2014

Did you just get a promotion at work? Maybe you’re getting hired for your first job? It’s time for negotiations to begin. Negotiating salary can be tough and nerve-wracking, but when done properly it can make a big difference towards getting what you want in your career and your life outside of work. When you’re sitting in the meeting about to negotiate your salary, here are 3 things to keep in mind.

Photo Courtesy of: David Wall

Photo Courtesy of: David Wall

Negotiating Salary: 3 Things to Consider

  1. Know What You’re Worth

Before you have the salary talk with your boss or hiring manager, make sure you do your research about comparable jobs in your field to get a sense of what you’re worth. You should know the high end and low end of this scale. Be prepared to let the decision maker know where you got your information if they ask where your figures came from.

  1. Be Open

When it comes time to negotiate, remember that this is a human interaction much like an interview. Be open and honest with the hiring manager or boss, and they are likely to open up to you. Voice all concerns up front, share your goals and priorities and ask questions. If you are honest and likeable, you are more likely to get what you want.

  1. Consider Other Options

Negotiating your salary doesn’t just end with your net pay. There are other variables to consider when deciding what compensation is fair. Benefit packages, health insurance, stock options and vacation time are all items to factor into your annual salary.

Not negotiating salary can make the difference of up to $1 million over the course of your career. Start earning what you’re worth by negotiating your salary properly.

For more advice on how to negotiate salary, Josephine’s Professional Staffing is happy to help! Many people are not skilled at negotiating or don’t even consider trying it. Don’t let the opportunity go to waste when you’re sitting in front of your boss or hiring manager. For more information on applying to jobs, career building or business networking, visit Josephine’s Professional Staffing’s blog today!



About Josephine’s Professional Staffing

Founded in 1988, Josephine’s Professional Staffing has nearly 25 years of business success and is continuously committed to providing superior quality staffing solutions to companies in the Bay Area. We proactively and consistently search for avenues to provide staffing solutions in the field of administrative, accounting, healthcare, light industrial, technical and professional services while taking pride in each of our employees. Josephine’s Professional Staffing is a Certified Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (UDBE), Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WOSB), Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (EDWOSB),  and Minority Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE). We can be reached at or 408.943.0111 and are located at 2158 Ringwood Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131


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