Negotiating a Salary for New Job Offer in Libraryland.
August 30, 2012 1:08 PM Subscribe
I have been offered a position as librarian in a very rich area of California. Though my qualifications (5 yrs experience w/ MLS as librarian in busy urban area), they offered the base amount in salary range, when adjusted to where I live now, is somewhat less as far as I can tell by about $2000. I asked to negotiate salary. This field is tough to move around and this is one of the best libraries in the country. Pay is low in libraries regardless and lower now because of the glut of degrees. The HR person is contacting me soon and I am not sure how to negotiate and feel in a position of little power.
posted by snap_dragon to Work & Money (18 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
(The salary negotiation sites I read are aimed more towards high end business professional though I am gleaning a bit from them.) This isn't a question of greed but making enough to afford the move, and make enough for rent, and a little extra for emergencies. Moving from the midwest there would def be a social plus but I need to cover bills and loans. Benefits actually are not as good as current library job but the atmosphere here is...uh...toxic. I don't want to make a move on desperation but do want to be wise. My father passed away recently and he usually was my go-to guy for this kind of stuff. Any negotiation ideas, phone behaviors, etc that you recommend? Is it possible to negotiate myself out of a job? (This is what I am worried about, too) It doesn't help that I am not usually assertive. Thank you most kindly for your answers. I should be hearing in 1 hr or so.