If you’re looking for a raise, or looking for a new job and dread the question “so how much are you looking to make,” you’re walking into a minefield that could either result in you making a good, fair wage, or getting underpaid from the start.
Here are some things to avoid when it’s time to talk turkey.
Negotiating by email or chat
Overlooking other perks available for the job or included with your job
Being afraid to make the first move
Giving in to your nerves and letting the conversation run away from you
You should absolutely consider your job’s other benefits or at least negotiate them when you talk about your whole pay package. Are you giving up something like flex time or remote work in exchange for coming into the office every day for a little more money?
Making the first move is fine, as long as you’re well aware of your value and the value of your skills and qualifications.