I don't know . . .
I don't think negotiation is for me!
What do you think?
Over the years, I've heard multiple job seekers wonder if negotiation is for them. And, over the years, I've had this conversation with multiple clients who wondered if they could actually negotiate a job offer.
If you don't try, you'll never know!
To fail to at least try to negotiate an offer upwards means you never know if you could have increased the amount of $$ or benefits you were offered. The point is . . . If you don't try, you'll never know. Please refer to my articles If You Don't Negotiate . . . . . You Lose! The Initial Loss - Part 1 and If You Don't Negotiate . . . . . You Lose! The Multiplier Effect - Part
Scenario 1: Negotiate -- If thinking about negotiating creates a feeling of a few "butterflies" in your stomach, know that that's normal. Every negotiator feels those butterflies. But if you have done your homework, and you know what are acceptable salary requirements and benefits for the position, you should negotiate.
- Scenario 2: Don't Negotiate -- If thinking about negotiating paralyses you, creating feelings of nausea, excessive nervousness, and verbal constraints/impairment, negotiation is not for you - at least not at this time. In this case, accept the salary as offered, and just enjoy knowing that you have won a new job in a tough employment economy. That's an achievement in and of itself!
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