Generation mentors are active members of the GenConnect community, sharing their expertise and resources. We asked our mentors: How do you negotiate pay?



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Tiffany, ReGeneration, Jacksonville, FL
“Do some research on what the average salary is your geographic location and take a look at how much companies in the area with similar positions pay. Look at your value. Are you confident that you’re offering what this company is looking in terms of skills, level of experience, certifications and license, etc.? If so, then go for a range that is in the medium to high range and be open to negotiate fairly, based on additional skills you have to offer.  Know your worth and highlight your expertise where it’s needed most on the job.”

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Stacey, ReGeneration, Jacksonville, FL
“Study the position and be realistic. If you have the ability to perform the duties, know your worth! Ask for the medium to high range pay rate and then negotiate a fair pay. Talk about where you think help is needed on the job and then come up with two solutions to highlight your skills and how you might approach the solution.”

Linnette, Generation, Jacksonville, FL
“Sell yourself! Talk about all of the great things that you have accomplished, the knowledge you possess, and any other attributes that would show you’re worth the money that you are asking for. But before even going to negotiate pay, make sure you research average salaries or rates of pay so you know what is realistic. You don’t want to give them an unreasonable number. Aim a little higher than what you would like to make so that if they offer less, you’re still earning more or closer to what you asked for.”

Jasmine, Generation, Dallas, TX
“Whether this is the first time you’ve worked with a company or you’re re-negotiating pay, make sure salary is discussed with the appropriate person and it’s presented in a professional manner. It’s important to be able to talk about your work history and the skills you’ve gained from those experiences. I always encourage our professionals to paint a clear picture of their character and capabilities so that there is no question, from the employers perspective, as to whether or not your ask is worth considering. Don’t shy away from sharing relevant accomplishments and be willing to share opportunities for growth and how you plan to do so. A hiring manager or supervisor may want to know if you’re working on challenging yourself. Expectations have to be met on both sides. If your employer gives you the salary you want, it’s an investment for the company. That should be backed up with an excellent performance by you. Show your value in your day-to-day work ethic. Advocate for yourself, know what you want, and be able to explain why you deserve it, but be sure to provide good context for the reason behind it.”