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Posted: 24/11/2015

How much are you worth – and how can you seal the salary deal?

It’s a question that has plagued job seekers since the dawn of time. What sort of salary should I be asking for? What sort of number is acceptable, without me pricing myself out of the job market, or accepting a smaller salary than my peers? And how can I secure the right price? Read our hot tips below for negotiating the right salary for your worth with ease.

Do your research. In the first instance, here at FS1 we can offer candidates sound advice on where their skillsets and experience lies in terms of salary expectations, plus lots of job sites offer salary surveys and information to guide job seekers along the way.

Evaluate. Consider your achievements and unique selling points, but also consider your specific needs that may make things less convenient to your new employer. For example, if the job offers you the chance to explore a new skill set you’re keen to develop, you may need to be more flexible with your starting salary whilst you learn.

Don’t shy away from the salary. Be clear from the start about your salary expectations, to avoid any confusion or disappointment later down the recruiting line.

Sleep on it. Having the chance to consider your salary or an offer overnight gives you the perfect amount of time to think about the details and means you’re more likely to make the right decision. Don’t be afraid to ask for the evening to consider a job offer, but don’t delay in giving your answer the next day, especially if you’ve said you’ll come back with an answer by a certain time!

Be confident. Once you’ve decided on the type of salary you would like to achieve, negotiate firmly but professionally. Respect goes a long way, and although it can sometimes feel like an awkward conversation, it’s a conversation most hiring managers have had before and respect.

For more advice on salary expectations and finding a new role, contact FS1 on 01908 787 560 or hello@fs1recruitment.com