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Re: Knowing the salary of your coworkers?

Postby Parker » Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:56 am

In my experience (female), salary negotiations are not as simple as asking for more. I have asked for a higher salary in the past and I was shot down both times. Perhaps part of it was my poor negotiation skills. But I know another reason. I wasn't prepared to walk away, because I needed/wanted those jobs. It doesn't mean they would have offered me more if I had indicated that I was about to walk. But I would have probably ended up at a different place with a higher salary (doesn't mean I would have liked the job more though).

Here to hoping that your needs/wants in a job in terms of day to day tasks and experience you will gain actually line up with the compensation that the employers are willing to offer.
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Re: Knowing the salary of your coworkers?

Postby Dave Walker » Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:04 am

Parker wrote:But I know another reason. I wasn't prepared to walk away, because I needed/wanted those jobs. It doesn't mean they would have offered me more if I had indicated that I was about to walk. But I would have probably ended up at a different place with a higher salary (doesn't mean I would have liked the job more though).


An excellent point, Parker. I don't hear it talked about enough. Perhaps because it's different for everyone, but I have seen this as well. If one isn't really willing to walk away then negotiating can be too hard. I would like to think that the reasons one couldn't walk away are because the job is too engaging or the benefits are too great...but (in my experiences) there is usually a deeper issue.
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