from sounding too pushy or ungrateful.
Practice What You Will Say
Thad Price, Jobs2Careers CEO, points out that having a basic script in mind for negotiating salary would be best.
A lot is riding on your speech, so you want to avoid winging it. Instead, find a friend or mentor who is willing to practice your speech with you. Then rehearse your 'script'
a few times until you're confident in what you're saying.
While there is no guarantee the conversation will go exactly as you planned, having a rough idea will show that you're confident and convincing during your actual salary negotiation.
Focus on Your Future
Once the negotiation is complete, you learn whether you achieved your goal salary.
Hopefully, everything works out, and you get what you requested. If you didn't, consider whether this job meets your professional, personal, and financial targets. In many cases, you might get some of what you wanted, but not all.
It is up to you to decide whether or not the offer is worth it.
Whatever the outcome may be, keep your eyes on your future. More negotiations will come, and you've just taken a big step toward getting yourself better prepared for the next one. Head over to the Jobs2Careers blog to learn more about how to talk about your desired salary.