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8 Tips to Negotiate Your Entry Level Salary

Yaaay! Congratulations! You’ve successfully navigated the job search process and landed an interview. 

One of the questions you probably have on your mind is “How do I negotiate my salary as an Entry Level techie?” 

Negotiating may seem scary especially for someone just starting their tech career, but it’s important to ensure you’re well compensated for your skills and contributions to the company. 

We’d be sharing 8 tips to help you successfully negotiate your salary for that job! 

1. Do your research

Before the interview, you need to do some research on the industry and salary ranges for the role you’re applying for. 

There are some websites such as Glassdoor, LinkedIn and Indeed you can use to help you make informed decisions. 

Knowing the market rate for your position/role will give you a solid foundation for your negotiation.

2. Know your value

If you don’t know and understand the value you bring, it’d be difficult for you to negotiate confidently. Reflect on your skills, accomplishments, experiences and strengths you bring to the table. Be prepared to clearly state how your skills, certifications, projects, volunteer experience will make you a valuable asset to the company. You need this to not just let the hiring manager know you’d be valuable to the company but also to boost your confidence during negotiations.

3. Don’t be in a hurry

The best time to discuss salary is when you’re asked. Don’t be in a hurry to talk about salary so you don’t seem desperate. Wait until the interviewer asks you and if they don’t, you can ask about the benefits attached to your job position at the end of the interview or when you’re asked if you have any questions. Focus more on understanding the details of the job and understanding the company than the money. When you understand this, you’re able to negotiate better.

4. Practice your pitch

Practice a pitch that highlights your qualifications, experience and accomplishments, and why you deserve the salary you’re negotiating for. Keep it professional and focus on the facts, not your personal needs. Remember, you’re being paid for the value you can add to the company!

5. Consider the compensation package

Salary is just one part of your compensation package. Some companies offer benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, bonuses, stock options, and professional development opportunities that can add significant value to you as an employee. Take some time to evaluate the entire package and ask questions for clarity so you’re able to make an informed decision. 

6. Be open to compromise

Negotiations always involve a bit of give and take. While you may not be offered the salary you’ve asked for, the opportunity to learn and grow can give a good balance to your compensation package. Be open to compromise, but also have a clear minimum figure in mind that you’re unwilling to go below. It’s super important to strike a balance that leaves both you and your future employer satisfied. 

7. Stay respectful, calm and professional

Negotiating can be overwhelming and a bit frustrating if it looks like things aren’t going your way. Whatever the case is, you need to remain composed and professional throughout the conversation. Avoid getting emotional or aggressive. Instead, focus on having a respectful and constructive discussion with the interviewer/hiring manager.

8. Make sure its documented

As soon as you reach an agreement, you should expect an offer letter that clearly states all the details including your salary, benefits and any other compensation attached to your job position. By having these clearly written in signed documents by yourself and employer, future misunderstandings will be avoided.

Negotiating your entry-level salary is a significant milestone in your tech career journey. Approach it with confidence, preparation, and professionalism. Remember that it’s not just about the paycheck; it’s about setting the stage for your future success in the tech industry. You’ve got this!

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