Desired Salary Quoting and Salary Negotiations

What to say for desired salary and salary negotiations
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Know what to put for ‘Desired Salary’ on the application and phone screen
How to Impress HR with Your Salary Negotiation
Perform a Salary Survey
Alternative Salary Negotiation Methods and Items
How to Reach the Top Salary When They Say Yes
How to Save the Negotiation When They Say No
New Hire and Existing Employer Salary Negotiations


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Salary Negotiations Introduction and Desired Salary Quoting

It is estimated that 85% of employers expect job candidates to negotiate salary. The reality is that only 37% to 44% of candidates enter into some type of negotiation. The lack of salary negotiating in your career can cost an average of $500,000 in lifetime lost earnings. In addition, women are much less likely to negotiate than men. Not negotiating is a primary contributor to the female gender pay gap where women make 77 cents of every dollar a man earns.

Let's explore some salary myths and common beliefs.

Myth 1. Salary negotiations begin after interviews when the offer is made.

In the past, salary negotiations were the final step in the hiring process or, for existing employees, a part of the performance review. Now salary negotiations often begin at the point of application to a job.

The following list presents the five points where a salary negotiation may occur:

  1. At the time of application,
  2. During the phone screen,
  3. In the first in-person interview,
  4. At the point of a job offer, and
  5. During a performance review.

When “Desired Salary” is used early in the process, the question is essentially turns into the “Guess What the Job Pays” Game.

Here are the rules of the game:

Negotiations don’t even happen if you cannot guess what the employer has decided the job is worth.

Myth 2. Salary is not used to screen out a candidate.

When applying for a job, the employers may elect to create pre-programmed fields inside the applicant tracking systems to eliminate candidates that do not meet a certain range of salary amounts. These same questions may also be asked during an initial telephone screen or first in-person interview. If salary is discussed this early, the employer is using this information as a way to screen candidates

Myth 3. Once the employer makes the offer the interview process is complete.

Actually no. When the employer is ready to make an offer, the salary negotiation process is used as the final interview in the process. It is important to know that you are still being evaluated for the job based on how you perform the salary negotiation.

Myth 4. The candidate will lose out if they throw the first number.
As long as the candidate knows the value of the job, understands the prevailing wages in the professional category, and demonstrates the ability to state their value, a candidate should be in a better position even if they state a range early on.

Guessing what an employer is willing to pay is a critical skill set in income growth.

Please join me in learning what to put for ‘desired salary’ and how to successfully negotiate salary.

Who this course is for:

  • Entry to Experienced Professionals
  • Earners between $30,000 and $120,000+
  • New Hire and Existing Employees

Course content

4 sections19 lectures51m total length
  • Share a Job Posting for Analysis
  • Salary Negotiations Introduction
  • The 5 Points of Salary Negotiations


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As the Director of Strategic Development of Career IQ, Dr. Karen Gurney leverages a Doctorate in Economic and Workforce Development, a Masters in Business Administration, and has 20 years of combined experience in executive search consulting, career coaching, and human resources. Her work has been featured on major U.S. news networks and she currently has eight online classes that teach career and business strategies in over
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Dr. Gurney published the book Stacked: Double Your Job Interviews, Leverage Recruiters, Unlock LinkedIn in January 2017. The book reached 'hot new trending' in its first month on Amazon and reached the top 1% of books sold within the first 6-months of its release. Stacked has signed with Ingram Publishing for international distribution. The author Dr. Karen Gurney travels within the United States and internationally to teach the Stacked methods to job seekers, professional associations, and universities.