Salary negotiations can be stressful to some; however, it doesn’t have to be! You already know you are a valuable asset, have had your resume professionally written and have even received a call for an interview but now what? As you prepare for your interview, practice what contributions and achievements you want to highlight.

Here are some steps on salary negotiations even in a competitive market:

  • Clearly communicate what an employer will gain from hiring you
  • Provide points about challenges faced and the action you took to resolve them
  • Wait until the offer has been made before negotiating or even asking about the salary and let them talk first
  • Use resources to determine the fair value of your position prior to going to your interview- a great resource is Occupational Outlook Handbook offered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics