Now that you’re getting ready to be hired for your first job, perhaps you are thinking about how you can get the job and the salary you want. In this article, we present tips on how you can enjoy the compensation you prefer.
1. Do your homework. Find out what the industry pays for the position you are applying for. The rate can depend not only on the position but also on the applicant’s experience and on the location the company is based. Before you submit your job application, you should already know what to expect.
2. Don’t give an exact amount. Typically, job seekers are asked in the application about their expected salary. During the interview, the hiring officer may again ask you about your salary requirement. How should you answer the question? The important thing to remember is that you should never give an exact amount of your salary expectation.
The reason? If you give out an amount that is too low, the hiring officer may think that you are not confident about your skills. On the other hand, if you give a salary that is too high, the employer may think that the company can’t afford your services.
If you really must say an amount, give a compensation range based on your research. Make sure that the minimum amount of salary you give would be an amount you can be happy with if you get hired.
3. Never lie. Be careful not to give false details since it will be so easy to verify the facts and if the hiring officer finds out that you were not telling the truth, it can be a major reason why your application gets rejected. Obviously, no employer wants to hire a worker that cannot be trusted.
4. Always negotiate for a better deal. If you are already hired and your employer speaks to you about a salary increase, do not take the first offer. Instead, try to negotiate your way for a better deal. This will show that you are confident about your capabilities and what you can do for the company. Try to ask for at least 10% higher salary than the initial offer. If your employer tells you that it’s not possible, then that’s the time you can accept the raise. You can also request your employer to evaluate your performance after a few months and give you a raise based on that.
5. Take advantage of your benefits. If a raise is not possible at this point, try to arrange for other benefits. For example, you can request for a more flexible work schedule or you may request to have at least one day when you can work from home. Many companies today implement telecommuting so it shouldn’t be difficult to arrange for the deal. As long as what you are asking for is reasonable, your employer is more likely to give in to your request, especially if you are considered as an asset in the company.