Failing to negotiate before you accept a new position could ironically be positioning you as a less valuable candidate and you probably won’t even realize it.
You see, the mistake that most people make is that they think they can only negotiate if they have a certain amount of experience, certain qualifications and if they don’t… then they think that they have to accept the first thing that they get and they think that it’ll be easier to ask for a raise later.
But this could be the biggest mistake you make! (Take it from me, I made this mistake myself).
By not negotiating from the beginning you could be missing out on as much as five to 20K in income whereas the average raise is only gonna be set between 2-5% of whatever your starting salary is.
So once you’re in, you’re actually going to be capped and it’s gonna be a lot more difficult to get a large increase.
So I get why you might be thinking this.
We’ve all been conditioned our whole lives to not be greedy or not ask for too much and we don’t want to seem like we’re all about the money or ungrateful for the offer.
Hey people say just be grateful that you got an offer and accept it.
But if I’m being honest I think the real reason we don’t want to negotiate is because most people don’t know how, or they don’t know what to say and I get it, it can be daunting and it’s a lot easier to just accept the first thing that they offer you.
But the problem is by not taking the step which is learning how to negotiate in the first place you could be leaving up to five to 20 thousand dollars worth of salary on the table.
Now the truth is, there are people with less experience than you and no degree who have negotiated 10-20k raises and it all started with a decision.
A decision not to settle for less.
In fact, by choosing to hold on to this belief the likelihood is that you’ll end up underpaid and undervalued and wake up one day wondering why you didn’t stand in your worth and ask for what you deserved.
So how do you negotiate successfully when you don’t have years of experience yet?
Well you start by gaining leverage over the employer.
You need to become a highly sought after candidate who is worth more in the marketplace.
So let me ask you, do you really want to continue to leave money on the table or do you want to be free and you wanna learn how to negotiate successfully with confidence while thriving in a career that you love where you can continually move forward with those skills to negotiate even higher salaries after that because we all know that you’re not going to accept less than what you were previously making.
My name is Natalie Fisher.
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