03-12-2015, 06:18 AM
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  • MaxP
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  • Madison, WI
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Good Day Folks-

I've been offered a new job.  And I'm going to have compensation negotiations.  The company has a budget amount, (that I don't know)  but I think its semi-flexible.

A recruiter I know tells me that employers ALWAYS base their offer on the salary a person was making previously no matter what market salary is for the position.

Do any of you have tips or suggestions that I should consider as I negotiate maximum starting comp?

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 03-12-2015, 06:59 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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Is this within the company you work for now or a totally new company?

My policy was, if a new company was seeking me out I wanted my starting salary to be 10% higher than my current salary.  If it is within the same company, just a new position, between 3-6% more than you are making now.

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 03-12-2015, 07:59 AM
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I agree with Johnny. I have heard about negotiations like these in the past, and it is quite honorable and honest.

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 03-12-2015, 08:40 AM
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  • MaxP
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  • Madison, WI
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I've been off work since Thanksgiving. I was working as a 1099 consultant. That engagement ended. This position will be a salaried role in a company I sought out. I've passed the interviews and have been offered a position/job.

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 03-12-2015, 08:44 AM
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Nice tip Johnny! I need to remember that. Guess the Kevin Spacey way in American Beauty or Edward Norton's in Fight Club that I was going to suggest would be a little extreme.
Biggrin

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 03-12-2015, 08:51 AM
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Freddie, i have a fight club of my own...oops, i just talked about it!

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 03-12-2015, 05:17 PM
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  • robk
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The new employer shouldn't know what you were making previously. This means that you shouldn't give up negotiating leverage by giving away personal secrets.

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 03-12-2015, 10:59 PM
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  • Mouser
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Make benefits part of your negotiations. Before, as a 1099 concern, you had to pay for your own health insurance, car insurance (if traveling was a necessary part of doing business) etc.
Those were all cutting into your net income.

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