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Career Advice

Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

Sage advice like this is priceless.

Career Salary Article - Salary negotiation issues

Q. How do I negotiate for a job that pays less than my current level? I want
to relocate to a different region and I know that salaries are lower there
but I cannot convince potential employers that I am serious.

A: Be honest and up-front about all of your reasons for moving (e.g., better
place to live, closer to family, greater chance for promotion) and that you
are realistic and accept the fact that you will earn less. If you have
plausible reasons for relocating and your skills are valuable, you will most
likely find an employer happy to take you.

Think from their point of view and be prepared to address the concerns they
might have.  For example they may fear that you will soon leave to take a
higher-paying job in the same region or change your mind and relocate.

Also look beyond just the salary figure.  Often salaries in one region will
be less in one area because the overall cost of living is less.  You can
earn a lower amount but your dollar goes farther. In such a case remind the
employer that you will be relatively better off even at a lower salary.

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