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Utilize your Recruiter.

Your recruiter should be your negotiator so that you don’t become vulnerable during the process. It is important that you are open and honest with your recruiter, so he/she can understand your expectations. Avoid the temptation to “see what you can get”, because without clear communication, your recruiter will not have enough information to represent you, well.

Seek Fair

Although you want to get the best offer possible, if you are too good of a negotiator there can be a high price. If someone wins in the negotiations, someone also loses. If an employer feels like they are overpaying you, it can lead to beginning your new career under a magnifying glass with unrealistic expectations. On the other hand, if you accept an offer that doesn’t feel fair, you can quickly feel violated and undervalued, which is a set up for failure.

Be Realistic

If you are dramatically underpaid, don’t expect your new employer to make up all of the ground on your start date. On the other hand, if you are significantly over the market in salary, you need to ask why. If you are working 80 hours a week for a company that doesn’t know your name, and are stressed out by overwhelming deadlines, you have to decide if it’s worth it. Some of the employers who treat their employees the best are competitive but don’t pay the highest salaries because they don’t have to in order to retain their employees. Remember, find the right opportunity, and the rest will work out.