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The Exact Words to Use When Negotiating Salary

The interview went well, and a business is eager to hire you. Now is the time to strike and negotiate the best possible salary for yourself. Rebecca Healy writes for U.S. News and World Report with the words to use. The bottom line is that most businesses are willing to negotiate salary, but few people actually do so. “Ask, and you shall receive,” has never been so true. In this case, before signing the job offer, it is recommended you say to the employer something like, “I’m very excited to work here because of the value I know I will bring. I appreciate the offer at $X, but I was expecting something in the range of $Y based on my experience and drive. Can we look at a salary of $Y for this position?” The employer will probably answer with a “nope,” in which case Healy recommends following up with: “I understand where you’re coming from, and I just want to reiterate my enthusiasm for the position and working with you and the team. I think my skills are perfectly suited for this position and are worth [$Y].” She estimates the employer will now follow up with an “I’ll see what I can do,” and your final salary will likely end up somewhere between $X and $Y.

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