Seven Tips for Salary Negotiations in Tough Economic Times Revealed in New Book

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As the economy struggles and the job market becomes flooded with competition, many job seekers are wondering just how much wiggle room--if any--they have to work with when entering salary negotiatons. Next-Day Job Interiview, Second Edition, provides the strategies job seekers need to enhance their job offer, despite woes in the economy.

Salary negotiations, already an awkward situation for many, have become increasingly uncomfortable in light of the declining job market and troubled economy. With so many companies downsizing their staff and the unemployed scrambling to find jobs, many candidates mistakenly believe that negotiating an offer is out of the question.

This misconception and job seekers' unwillingness to negotiate can end up costing them even after the economy recovers, according to Dick Gaither, co-author of the recently released book, Next-Day Job Interview, Second Edition.

"In today's economy, passive acceptance can cost us more than we can afford to lose," he writes. "As a new employee, you should try for a higher starting salary, because it is a gift that keeps on giving. All future raises are tied to that starting salary."

Unfortunately, negotiating for a higher starting salary can be very problematic, particularly when financial woes limit an employer or the competition for a job is fierce. Gaither warns that candidates must be especially careful and strategic when entering into negotiations. Next-Day Job Interview offers several strategies for enhancing a job offer, even though a poor economy makes this goal harder to achieve. These strategies include the following:

1. Don't assume pay and benefits aren't negotiable. More than 80 percent of employers expect some form of negotiation for pay, benefits, perks, work schedules, work locations and so on.

2. Do know your worth. Walking into an interview and not knowing what the high, low and average salary and compensation levels are for a person with your skills, experience and education is like gambling in Vegas without knowing the rules: You'll always lose.

3. Don't negotiate for just more money. Sometimes a company can't give you more money. In that case, negotiate for things that translate into money or make your life easier, such as extra vacation time, educational reimbursements or travel allowances.

4. Do time the negotiation right. Negotiating before you've found out enough about the job and before the interviewer knows your real value won't work. Delay, delay, delay.

5. Don't give up too quickly. Sales professionals know that the first no is just the start of the sale. Patience and persistence are the paths to success.

6. Do know how to support your request for higher pay. Present concrete and measurable examples of how you will increase your value by doing more than just your job, making the company money, saving the company money and time, or solving problems on the job.

7. Don't say yes too quickly. The longer that an interviewer talks to you, the more likely you'll be to negotiate better compensation.

Next-Day Job Interview, Second Edition, is available at all major bookstores and from the publisher ( or 1.800.648.JIST). To speak with Dick Gaither about how to achieve interview success during a recession, contact Selena Dehne.

JIST, America's Career Publisher, is a division of EMC/Paradigm Publishing and is the leading publisher of job search, career, occupational information, life skills and character education books, workbooks, assessments, videos and software.


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