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Salary Negotiation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

September 19, 2017






It’s a fact, everyone wants to be paid what they deserve.  But getting to the point where you are actually doing the negotiating can make you scared and anxious.  Jen Hubley Luckweldt, writing for, discusses 5 mistakes made when negotiating for more money and how to overcome the fear and anxiety associated with it.


Mistake # 1-Not negotiating to begin with

Are anxiety and fear about negotiation causing you to lose money that may have otherwise been yours?    Many people are uncomfortable with negotiating for a higher salary while some are afraid of being perceived as pushy or, possibly, losing their job.  Do not let fear keep you from getting a salary increase.  Push through it – 75 % of those who do receive some sort of pay increase.

Mistake # 2-Asking only for what you need

Your salary or hourly wage is based on data – whatever the job market will allow.  Do your homework.  Remember, you have to negotiate for what you can command for the position.  Make your case for why you should get that.  Check out the PayScale Salary Survey to see where your skills put you in the marketplace.

Mistake # 3-Forgetting about bias

Women negotiate just as often as men but are judged more harshly and studies have shown they are not as likely to get a raise. Unfortunately, the social cost is much greater for women than men when it comes to negotiating for a higher salary .  Tips for women negotiators are included in the online article.

Mistake # 4-Not understanding the company culture

Avoid this pitfall by making sure you understand how salary negotiation is handled within the company and industry.  Being professional and understanding the standards within the organization are essential to the person doing the negotiating.

Mistake # 5-Lack of planning

Make sure you have a plan for negotiating and use data and research to back it up.  Be flexible and keep in mind that there are other things you can negotiate for besides salary.  Vacation time and working from home are also perks that can benefit your lifestyle.  Be open to other options if their budget doesn’t fit in with your request.

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Interview Toughie: “Why Have You Had So Many Jobs?”

August 30, 2017

Have you ever had to answer this tough interview question?  Why have you had so many jobs?  Liz Ryan, former human resources vice president and author of “Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve,” offers some advice in this article.

In summary, you must:

  • Believe in your own worth
  • Own your power without feeling as if you must constantly apologize
  • Convey with confidence, not defensiveness, all the benefits of having these life experiences

Here are some mistakes to avoid while answering this question:

  • Don’t blame your former employers
  • Don’t joke about not being able to stay in one place for long
  • Don’t say you were bored at your old place

You can review more helpful tips from this full post, on the interview questions page of*

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*While has a comprehensive list of interview questions and answers, I don’t endorse it for resume building.  Using your library card, a librarian can show you how to access free resources to help you build, save, and print your own resumes and cover letters.