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Contemplating a graduate job offer, or awaiting your annual review? Negotiating your salary in a graduate job is never an easy task, but it’s best to get to grips with it early on as it will crop up throughout your graduate career. If you’re not sure how to broach the subject, these tips will help you prepare for those important next steps.
“What do you earn?” is not something that’s usually asked in conversations as the topic is considered a bit of a taboo. This lack of discussion creates negative connotations around salaries, but if you’re feeling unsure and looking for advice, getting confidential feedback from friends and family will be great practice for when you need to deal with this in the future.
Carrying out extensive research will enable you to build a strong case for why your employer should give you a pay rise. Understanding the market and your worth within it is an invaluable starting point – comparing your salary and offered pay rise to the market average for your industry, experience, and graduate job, will present you with the best place to start when negotiating a salary.
Keeping a log of all the work you do whilst in your graduate job, whether it’s technical experience, customer feedback, industry expertise or a new qualification, will help support your negotiation case. Collating this information and keeping it in one place means you can concentrate on putting the best argument together for yourself, rather than trying to gather your evidence last minute.
You should be going into the salary negotiation meeting with figures clear in your head. Make a mental note of the exact figure you want, then ask for more - you will usually be negotiated down, which will hopefully leave you around the number you deserve. It’s better to have an exact figure rather than a range – going in with a range suggests to your Manager that you’re willing to concede from the start. Don’t be put off by reaching for higher – your market worth and personal value make for a great case.
Filling silences unnecessarily is a common mistake, but the best negotiators in the world know how to use the power of silence to their advantage. Make your case and let your manager fill the silence - you don’t want to offer a compromise you didn’t mean to in a panic to keep the conversation going.
Employers might not always be in the position to negotiate salaries, but that doesn’t mean it should end there. There are other avenues you can discuss e.g. paid holiday, pension schemes, health insurance plans (if you don’t already have one in place), along with other benefits such as bringing your dog to work.
Remember you do have the skills the company were looking for, otherwise they wouldn’t have hired you in the first place. The first hurdle is believing you’re worth the money you’re asking for, otherwise the employer won’t, so be confident when presenting your facts and figures.
This post was written by Sliips, a crowd sourced tool graduates can use to check if their payslip is fair.
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