Salary negotiation is difficult, unless you are well prepared for salary negotiation, your salary offered will be less than average entry level salary for that particular position.
Do you know how to negotiate salary? If not continue reading this article. As far I know most of my friends who got the job didn’t really have any clue about salary negotiation. Most of them we just happy to get the job offer.
Because, most of the students, including me did few mistakes during Salary negotiation process. But, following some of the steps and practicing it mentally will help you to get involved in Salary negotiation with much more confidence. Remember – Preparation is the key for salary negotiation.
Salary Negotiation Mistakes
Entry level student who are in OPT status is very desperate to find a job and employer to sponsor H1B Visa. Usually, it will take 4-6 months to get a job. But, if the student starts the job search process well before graduation, then within couple of months they should find a entry level job.Majority of the students start looking for jobs only after they graduate. OPT is valid only for 1 year from date of graduation, but with new OPT rules, you have 90 days to find a job.
When you get a job, don’t accept the offer without negotiating the salary. Some of you might accept the job offer give to you. So, next question is why didn’t you negotiate salary? Here are possible reasons for not negotiating
- I really don’t know how to negotiate salary
- I was reluctant to ask for higher salary
- I was overwhelmed with job offer and accepted the offer
- I was expecting lower offer, but got 5k to 10k more
- During interview process, HR said, salary is non-negotiable
- I didn’t know how much was average salary for the job being offered in that particular city.
- Salary offered was less, but they are sponsoring my H1B Visa and I was content with that.
- I didn’t know Salary negotiation is actually possible.
- Salary offered was less, but I will take this offer with H1B visa and after 1 year, I will find a higher paying job.
Try to understand the process and try not to make any of the above mistakes. Here is a nice 2 minute video about Salary Negotiation Tips. You have options to negotiate not just the salary, but get additional vacation. If company is not willing to increase the salary, ask for additional 1 week of vacation or other similar benefits.
Do you have any questions about salary negotiation, post your question in comment section below.