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How not to screw up a negotiation

It’s pretty easy to talk about, much harder to execute in real life.

Here are my tips:

  1. Just negotiate — Not trying at all is THE biggest mistake
  2. Prepare as much as you can — Read up on the company, the job, the salary
  3. Have evidence to back up your claims — Show that you have value & are worth it
  4. Don’t focus on the numbers early on — Salary is important, but don’t make it the focus
  5. Negotiating doesn’t have to only be for salary — Try for more vacation days or 4-day workweeks
  6. Don’t flip flop — Be firm and confident; none of this wishy-washy “I don’t deserve it” attitude
  7. Don’t give more info than you need too — Hold back and be discreet
  8. Don’t lie — It can be very easy to suss out that you didn’t get that degree from that place
  9. Always look out for something more — You might be happy now, but there’s always an opportunity
  10. Don’t bully them & proceed with caution — They can fire you for being “disloyal” by asking for more

Enjoy!


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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K (savings rate = 85%). I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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