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
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Question - How low will you go?
You are out of work, the ecomomy is sluggish, and
the job market is tight with tons of competition
for the few jobs out there. Do you take a lower
salary just to get back to work? There is no easy
answer. In a tough job market especially your
salary expectations should have some flexibility
but still you dont have to give up
everything just to get a job. Its more
important than ever to market yourself well.
Think Like a Recruiter!
Think if you were a recruiter what would make
someone perfect for the job? Answer this directly
in your cover letter. Make it obvious by spelling
out exactly how your skills and experience match
each job requirement. Use the same phrases and
terms as the job description wherever possible.
If the job ad doesn't ask for it, dont put
salary requirements in your cover letter -
wait until youre in a face-to-face
interview to discuss money. If the ad does ask
for it then put down a range.
If your field is in a lot of trouble these days
and jobs are either nonexistent or hiring
salaries have been slashed dramatically then
consider expanding your job focus. Research
careers in various other industries to determine
what else would fit your skills, experience, and
interests. As you search for a new job,
dont limit yourself to one field, one job
title, or one industry. Keep your options open to
expand your chances of landing a job with decent
Research Salary Data
Before you enter into salary negotiations,
research and compare salaries to find out how
much youre worth. Determine the salaries
for other similar jobs in your industry and
geographical location. Now youve got hard
evidence to present during a salary
negotiation. This makes it easier to back up your
argument that youre worth what you ask for.
Think Long Term
If its been a while since you worked
regularly, you might be feeling a bit desperate.
But if your first offer comes in at rock bottom,
dont let desperation overshadow common
sense. Never go so low that you cant live
on whats offered. Also remember what you
start at now may affect what you get later on -
your bonus or next raise may be a percentage of
your salary. Later if you try for another
job some recruiters may think you must be an
under performer because you salary is so low. So
consider the long term impact of your current
Toughen up those salary negotiation skills before
your next interview.