Friday, February 01, 2008

Negotiation Tip #2

Never ignore job openings because of perceived salary shortcomings. In many cases, those who keep an open mind and interview for positions that at first glance might appear too junior can build a great deal of value into their candidacy by discussing additional responsibilities they can handle within the position and in turn negotiate a better compensation package.

Always approach a job opportunity like it is the job of your dreams. While you don’t want to waste your time to get an offer if you just don’t think the job is right for you, many people drop out of the running too early in the interview process because they don’t want to be in a position where they have to turn an offer down.

Continue to interview for all but the most unlikely positions until you get the job offer. It’s ok to walk away if after the negotiations the job still isn’t a good fit for you. In addition, statistically, one out of every two jobs will be newly created positions in this decade and the next. This allows candidates to help design their own positions with employers throughout the interview and offer process.

Check back tomorrow for the next tip in this series.

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