How to phrase an email for a job that I might have priced myself out of?
June 13, 2014 11:58 AM Subscribe
I got hit with a "what kind of salary range are you looking at?" inquiry from a prospective employer, and I asked for a figure which is at the upper limit for starting positions at said company. It's been two weeks and I haven't heard back. I could use your advice on how to best phrase a follow-up email letting HR know that I am just checking in and also am open to negotiations.
posted by Thanquol180 to Work & Money (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
This is my first time negotiating salary - I've been pretty happy with offers from my past jobs - so I asked my friend who works for the company for a general range. She said that asking for anything from 40-50k sounds pretty reasonable. I think I got greedy and pushed my luck too far; I replied to HR that I'd be open to a salary around the 50k range. I haven't heard back for two weeks, and would like to find out if I'm still in the running or if I basically disqualified myself.
I I'd like to send a respectful email asking what's going on without seeming impatient. I don't want to sound desperate, but I kind of am; I'm at the moment woefully underemployed and this would be a big step up in pay (although I've had salaries around this level in the past). Would it be a good idea to re-emphasize my skills and the ways I can contribute to the company? Should I mention that I'd like to negotiate? Tips please!