How much am I worth, how much should I tell my new employer I want to earn?

In today’s current market, the above is a hugely important topic of discussion. It is extremely vital not to overprice or underprice. If you end up asking for too much you could price yourself out of the market and ruin any opportunity that might be heading your way. On the other hand, if you ask for too little, you could end up frustrated in your position and spend the next few years playing catch-up trying to get back on track.

A lot of people are unaware of what the right answer to the salary question is.

When coming across a new opportunity always make sure to do research of the company and salary range of the position you are applying for. You will have to take into consideration the background of the role and what type of experience the company is looking for.

In closing, think carefully before making that next big step. If you do find yourself in the fortunate position of being in interview stages with companies, always remember to delay the discussion of salary for as long as possible. By doing so, the interviewer has a better chance of getting to understand the value you do offer and will therefore be more open to negotiation later.

Also – rather avoid giving an amount –you might just shoot yourself in the foot – the best answer I always tell my candidates to give is: “I know I can add a lot of value to your company, I can do this job and has a lot of experience, so I am sure you will make me a fair, market related offer”

If you are going through a recruitment agency to secure you the job, use them to negotiate on your behalf, they have been trained to do so and it will also be in their best interest to get you the highest offer possible.

Make sure you have your priorities in order… Are you willing to make a short-term sacrifice for a long-term goal, or are you more inclined to take the big pay cheque and risk sitting in a position for a while with the same people you don’t really get on with and the same boss?

Think carefull and make wise decisions! Ask for advice – thats what we are here for!