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Fresh Out of College Here's How To Negotiate Your Salary


Fresh out of college, most people are excited about landing that first job.  Given that most grads do not have work experience or only had a part time job while studying, it is not easy to secure an executive position right away.

Starting from scratch, might mean having to start from the bottom in an entry-level position then in time move to the top. The challenge most grads face in applying for a job in a competitive hob market with no work experience. Aside from those who just graduated, there are also those who have left their previous job and are looking for a new one.

According to hiring and compensation experts, there isn't alot of room to negotiate when you're a graduate or have no work experience. This is typically because that person does not have a substantial amount of work experience as basis to negotiate a higher wage compared to those who have already worked before.

The range of the salary fresh grads get are based on the market value when a company hires an entry level employee.

In fact in a recent survey, it was found that people who graduated from the sciences were able to get a higher salary compared to those who graduated from the liberal arts.

A tip that may help a little in the negotiation process is knowing your potential and not easily giving in or selling yourself short. In the course of an interview, it will boil down to the amount of knowledge you can demonstrate. Most fresh grads accept what is given immediately and reply “ok” ending it there.

Only speak about salary when an offer has been made. Before the offer, do your research to see how much the company usually offers someone in your position. If asked about salary ranges, you'll be able to negotiate better if you give a number based on your knowledge of the market and company instead of what you feel you deserve.

Also when applicant negotiating talk about job responsibilities and mention that the contribution you can provide the company and how that is more important than the salary you will be receiving showing the recruiter you are a team player.

Applicants can negotiate more by doing research on how much other companies are offering for the same job before giving an immediate answer. By knowing that information, it is possible for you to negotiate the salary offered for a little more.

Getting a job is not only about a salary. This includes other things that the company offers to its employees and by thoroughly checking out the other benefits and perks, it can also help in deciding whether the applicant should accept the job or not.

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