Salary Negotiations, What Is The Right Approach In Todays Job Market? Learn From A Recruiter!
Salary isn’t everything, although yes it is important. There are many ways to negotiate a strong offer, and one should always keep in mind that the main focus should be “is this the right career move for me?” Too often do candidates get caught in a myopic view of an offer and lose sight of the big picture. Don’t focus only on numbers; things like bonuses, health benefits, growth potential, company culture, flex days, location, company reputation, and other perks can paint a much bigger picture and taking everything into account is paramount for making a powerful decision.
There are so many opinions about how to properly negotiate an offer. We see a lot of younger candidates go overboard and ask for too much money, or over-negotiate their offer. Being unreasonable does not make you look good and can put a sour taste in a potential employers mouth very quickly. Be smart and keep in mind there is always a difference between your market value and “actual” value. Think abut what you are asking for and remember keep in mind the big picture. Working with a recruiter is always ideal as recruiters can typically negotiate the best offer on your behalf without stepping on toes.
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"I was applying for jobs for a couple of months and couldn't get an interview. I was contacted by Aldebaran about an open position - one week later I had an interview and two weeks later I had accepted an above market offer with a great company. There's no doubt in my mind that I’d still be looking for work today if it wasn't for the Aldebaran team.”
A.A., Project/Product Manager
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