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Question: I have been offered a job at a new company that is willing to match the pay I make now for similar work. My boyfriend told me that this is a good time to negotiate for more money. For example, asking for $1.00/hour more to start, but skipping the first review for a raise.

I feel a little guilty and greedy thinking of asking for more pay. But, as I think about it more, I know I perform a great deal of duties and I'm a good worker.

I need your advice. Should I ask for more or just accept the matched pay?  -- Anonymous


It never hurts to ask. If you accept the position, you will always wonder. If you are near your next review where you are at, all the more reason to ask. Or you could accept the position at the current offer and ask for a review in 6 months after you have proven your worth. If you perfom well, they might think you are worth even more!

I am a firm believer that the best time to negotiate a salary is before being hired. Depending on the salary, keep in mind that $1./hr is approximately $2,080 a year. How does that work percentage wise? I say go for it and suggest the offer to forgo the first automatic increase. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I definitely would ask for more money than you are making now. What would be the incentive otherwise unless you hate your job but I am sure you didn't disclose that info.

At my current job I wish I would have asked for more money but afraid to because I had not been in the workforce for 13 years. I do wonder if they would have offered more. I did ask for a $1.50/hr raise a couple years ago and I presentated to my boss and she went to the group with it twice and it was rejected. Then I went in and presented it myself and got it.

Never hurts to ask and don't give up. You could ask for $1.25 and maybe settle for $1/hr. This was you were willing to negotiate.

Your boyfriend is right this is the perfect time to negotiate your salary.

I would go ahead and negotiate. After all, you are leaving a job where you have built up some seniority and most likely have benefits, both of which you will have to start over with. People generally don't leave for a lateral move unless it’s within the same company.

Are you happny in your current job, or ready to leave that job? If you are perfectly happy, and are willing to be turned down at your offer for more money..go for it, but do it with confidence. A good employer will respect that you know your own "self worth". You are stepping into a new job, and taking make it worth it. And forget the waiting for on your first increase part...that negates any confidence you're bringing to the table. If they are willing to match the pay only, they may not be worth the move in my opinion. YOU know you're worth it, YOU know you will show them you are worth it. Be upfront, request that $1.00..and let them know, in confidence..and knowing that you will prove it to them...follow it up with a "you will not regret it". Don't be afraid of being told "no", and if you are told no, I'm sure you will receive a good reason as to why not. I can tell you that if you do not ask it, when at this time you are questioning whether you should...if you do not ask for it you will regret it.

Don't be afraid of "no".
Know that you are worth it.
..and reaffirm to them that they would not regret it.

Confidence sells, but be ready to back it up.

I absolutely without a doubt would ask for more money. I would just tell the new company that in order for it to be worth your while and to uproot you from a comfortable position where you are now that you would like a good faith effort on their part by giving you $1/hour more (state exactly that you would like $15 instead of $14 or whatever it may be). It can be very difficult to transition to a new company, meet new people, and learn new responsibilities. I probably should have asked whether you planned on leaving the company you work for now? I know sometimes throughout the course of our meetings we are introduced to people and different opportunities arise. Was this such a situation? In any case whether you planned on leaving this company or not, I would ask for more money. What harm would it do to ask. The worst they can say is "no". If that is the case, then ask if they would be willing to give you a review in 3 or 6 months after they see what you are capable of accomplishing. It is correct that you will never know unless you try. Usually as we get older, we have gained experience and we learn new things everyday, and that is always worth more! Another possibility for you would be to ask for an extra weeks vacation. Personally, I have had very good luck in that department. It is more cost effective for a company to give you vacation time in lieu of significant raise. Last year during my review I was offered a stated dollar amount, and although I was hoping for more, I had it in the back of my mind that if I did not get what I was expecting that I would ask for an extra weeks vacation. Almost without hesitation it was granted.
Good Luck to you!

You should remember one important thing: don't ever sell yourself short. I had a manager one time tell me that and I never forgot it. And you know, he was right.

If you ask and they decline, you still have your current job at the same pay. To leave one job for another should always bring you "something". Money, opportunity, happiness, etc. Otherwise, why move to another job?

Good luck!

I definetly would at least attempt to negotiate for more pay. You never know until you try and you might be missing out if you don't try. If they truly want you as an employee, they will be willing to negotiate. The worst they can say is "no" is a win win situation in my opinion.

I would negotiate. Most companies give you their lowest offer. I did this and I got more money. Turns out, I could have gotten alot more they had a cap at what they would offer. Get as much as possible now. Also, I got more money and still got my raise at my review it didn't affect it at all.

Ask for more money now. If they won't give you more money (and many companies won't because increasing your salary means increasing their contributions to Medicare, Social Security and any other benefit which is based on your salary), then ask for a flexible schedule or increased vacation time, or having them pay for additional job-related education, all things which do not increase your base salary.

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