[OT] Salary Negotiations Advice

Ryan Byrd ryanbyrd at gmail.com
Thu Apr 15 17:34:09 MDT 2010

I think the key to any good negotiation is to make it multiple-aspect.  
Don't just deal with one value like salary(even in a salary  
negotiation.) What else is important to you? Vacation days? Work from  
home days? One time bonuses? Try to negotiate a package that combines  
all of those. Maybe your boss can't raise your salary by as much as  
you want but he/she does have a pool of money for bonuses. Personally,  
being able to work from home one day a week would be equivalent to,  
say a 5k raise.

I'm sorry if that sounded like HR babble. I've done it and it works.  
Remember: multi-aspect!

On Apr 15, 2010, at 5:24 PM, Robert Merrill <robertmerrill at gmail.com>  

> Hey Pluggers -- I know this is way off topic, but i'm trying to gather
> real-world advice around salary/contract negotiations for a
> presentation a colleague of mine is doing.  I put up a blog post (
> http://bit.ly/98wvM6 ), but I don't care if you go there or post
> here--how do you go about negotiating pay?
> - Do you force the issue and bring it up first?
> - Do you make them tell you the offer-range before you cough up a  
> number?
> - Do you go back with a counteroffer no matter what they come to you  
> with?
> - Have you ever LOST a gig/job because your negotiations broke down
> and they walked away?
> I look forward to your straight thoughts, not sanitized "HR-speak"
> that I too-often find myself spewing.
> Thanks!
> Rob Merrill
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