Are you planning to change positions, or negotiate a salary increase in your current job? The article Four Negotiation Tips for Women Executives cited below contains this bit of wisdom: Ask — almost everything is negotiable if you see it that way.
If you’re afraid the answer will be no, rest assured it will be if you don’t ask. Salary Negotiation Know How reminds us that it’s probably unwise to expect your boss to simply suggest that you should be earning more money. To help keep it all in perspective however, the author ends with this advice: If you’re happy in your job and the only thing you can’t get is more money, maybe it’s not time to leave. There’s no way to put a price tag on having a job you enjoy.
Negotiate (v) To confer with another or others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement. (dictionary.com) Notice that the goal is to reach an agreement, so don’t feel that you must make demands to get what you want. Good negotiations leave everyone feeling like a winner.
Four Negotiation Tips for Women Executives – Lee and Jessica Miller
Be yourself, but be the best self you can be
Ask — almost everything is negotiable if you see it that way
Don’t be afraid to use the "no" word
Negotiate for yourself as if you were negotiating for someone else.
Time to ask for more money? - Jeanne Sahadi
Should another employer express interest in you, let your boss know – not in a threatening way, just as an FYI – and at the same time indicate you’re not necessarily interested in the position. The point is to show you’re desired, not dissatisfied. "We all want what others want."
Eleven Commandments for Smart Negotiating – Lee E. Miller
Recognize that employment negotiations are different
Understand your needs and those of the employer
Understand the dynamics of the particular negotiations
Never lie, but use the truth to your advantage
Understand the role fairness plays in the process
Use uncertainty to your advantage
Focus on your goals, not on winning
Know when to quit bargaining
Never forget that employment is an ongoing relationship
Salary Negotiation Know-How – Dona DeZube
Know Your True Value
Have you saved your company money, improved a process or met your quota? If you’ve had an impact on the company’s bottom line, know the exact figure…
Be Your Own Advocate
Be willing to step up to the plate and go to bat for yourself. Don’t count on your boss to simply suggest you ought to earn more money or to notice you haven’t had a raise in 10 years.
Don’t Underestimate the Value of Happiness
If you’re happy in your job and the only thing you can’t get is more money, maybe it’s not time to leave. There’s no way to put a price tag on having a job you enjoy.