Tell me how to ask for much more
March 18, 2012 6:44 PM Subscribe
What are the words I should use in my salary negotiation? I know what I want and my alternatives, etc. However, I'm going to be asking for a significant percentage increase over the initial offer, and it feels uncomfortable. Give me a script!
posted by rainydayfilms to Work & Money (21 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
There are a lot of questions about negotiation on Ask, and I have perused every one.
This is more specifically about HOW I can ask for what I want. What are the best words to use? How do I phrase my request when I speak with HR?
I've been given a job offer that is definitely of interest, however the initial offer from the company would be an effective pay cut from my current salary (with change in cost of living factored in).
I'm fine with declining this offer if they can't meet my salary requirements. My best alternative to taking this job is keeping my current job, and I'm very happy with the company and I believe there is plenty of room for me to progress in terms of titles, responsibility and money in my current situation. To move companies would require a significant bump for me.
I plan to call HR tomorrow or the next day to ask for much more. My target base salary is a 25% increase over the first offer, so I believe I need to ask for about 50% more than the initial offer in my counter. This seems daunting. I know a lot about negotiation professionally and am good at it - just bad at doing it for myself (I'm female).
How would you suggest framing the conversation and potentially asking for a much higher number?