9 Ways to Negotiate the Salary You Want

During paycheck deliberations, find the right balance between firm and flexible.

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Emphasize your value. Having attracted the company eye with your resume, bring the document's words to life by detailing how you're different from the pack. "You want to be talking about what you've done successfully in the past and how that's transferable to the new position," Safani says.

Leave nothing to chance. Presuming a positive company review six months or a year after being hired, you calculate you'll gain later what's been lost upfront. With the expectations of a pay raise, you take a no-need-to-negotiate mentality. Safani advises against such assumptions, especially if the prospective employer is a large corporation. "If it's a large company, the chances of getting an earlier review are lower than if it's sort of a smaller company that maybe has more flexibility and less rules," she says.

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Rule nothing out. Even after lowering your initial price tag, the company comes back with its original offer. The burden of a decreased paycheck, particularly if you have a family or live in an expensive city, may be too much to bear. But the duties of the job would enrich your skill set in a way your current job never could.

"Sometimes you take a job because it's going to round you out [and] give you some great experience," Bond says of the experience-for-pay tradeoff. "You might have to take a step back financially."