The infamous George Burns once said, “Don't stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed.” With telecommuting on the rise, you never know -- maybe that will be the norm one day. Not being much of a morning person myself, I look forward to that day. In the meantime, here are six steps from CareerBuilder on how to secure a higher starting salary (please note, you must get out of bed first before following these steps):
• Know what you’re worth – Knowledge is power so research average salaries in your industry and then take into account your education and level of experience before attempting to negotiate.
• Delay salary talks – Avoid giving salary requirements up-front because prospective employers are more likely to immediately disqualify you if they feel your requirement is too low or too high.
• Be honest about your current salary – Some prospective employers will double-check with your old employer or will run background checks that might contain that information.
• Do not accept or negotiate right away – Always think things through before making a final decision.
• Don’t be afraid to negotiate – There is nothing to lose in asking respectfully if there is anything that can be done to bring you closer to your desired earnings.
• Know when to quit – If the employer accepts some negotiations, do not continue to try to negotiate more.
Posted by Michele B.