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Quick Tips for New Grads (or anyone) – How To Negotiate Your Salary

I’ve been doing a lot of work with students and recent grads outside of work. I think it shows a lot in my recent posts :).  I’ve been burning the midnight oil putting together a mentoring program for students and new HR pros for the last 6 weeks. It’s really made me think about the needs of these up and coming HR pros — after all, they are they next gen of HR — its kinda like succession planning.

Negotiation skills is a question that the students, recent grads, and new HR professionals often ask advice on — actually, its a question that LOTS of people, regardless of career level ask about. I’m not sure that anyone is really good at it, but we all know that we should be doing it. I offer up the idea that it may not be something that you HAVE to do, but you should at least arm yourself with the information to find out what the position is worth . Notice I didn’t say what YOU were worth (seriously, who can put a price tag on that, and honestly, who doesn’t want MORE money?) I do think its okay to consider your experience and skills in the analysis — if they are above and beyond what is on the job positioning, in the “desired skills” or skills that you have that positively correlate to the position.

Another IMPORTANT factor to consider is the location of the job, especially if you are relocating. Take a look at sites that take into account the cost of living in the city that you will be working/living in. Do know that even with in the same company the same position may pay different depending on where the person is location to adjust for the COLA (cost of living adjustment). Do a quick Google search for “cost of living calculators” and you’ll find some great ones to choose from. I think that the best ones will let you do a comparison and offer you some basics on tangible things that you can compare, as in literally apples to apples from one city to another. CNN Money has a pretty good calculator.  For giggles, maybe look do an analysis of the city that you’re living in to help give you more data points and living in, even if you do not plan to relocate.

I found this great article from — it has great tips for EVERYONE.

To find out the general range for your position, browse sites like,, and Print out the salary descriptions, as you may want to bring them into your meeting. Also reach out to your professional or alumni network. Find someone who has previously worked at the company and can say, for instance, “‘This company doesn’t give raises except in July,’” said Sethi.

via New Grads, Here’s How To Negotiate Your Salary – Forbes.

Keep in mind – its a negotiation, so don’t just think about negotiating salary. As a new grad, you probably don’t have a whole lot else to consider, but as you get further into your career, you may want to consider looking at education, equity, relocation expenses, sign on bonus, additional training, etc. Its potentially all on the table. It doesn’t hurt to ask, but its still a delicate operation, you don’t want to seem like you’re difficult, greedy, or ‘ungrateful’ — so do your research and negotiate on the right things.  In general, I’d say the more experience and senior you, the more negotiating room you have.

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Here is where you can get some more information on negotiation — its a start in some of your research — from Tutorials Point.

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The Girl in HR gets an HR Demo: DICE Open Web SHRM#13

Today I got a cool demo of Dice’s new Open Web search tool directly from their new president, Shravan Goli (pretty cool!).

Right off the bat, the demo was pretty slick. The neat thing is that recruiters can do a quick and easy search of skills of desired skills — and the search tool serves up candidates and aggregate information about them in a easy to read and usable interface. The information that the tool brings back is all public information, but the catch is that its in ONE place – and finding out more about the candidate is just a click or two away. The search results bring back information about work that they have done, locations that they have worked in, key projects – basically a dynamic resume.

Dice is all about connecting people to find the jobs that they want so they have a powerful engine and information. The impressive thing here is the search engine — they have a great overlap of information that is within their database as well as what is on the web. If you do a Google Search or LinkedIn search, its hard to know who you are looking for or who you are looking for — without going through them all (and think about people with common names). This search could prove to be a very powerful tool — especially for technology professional (and those recruiters who are looking for them). Goli feels that this could be the “next generation” or “gateway” to the way that talent searches may work in the future. Goli relayed a story of conversation that he had with a customer who described Open Web as “sourcing on steroids.”

In summary the tool will deliver deeper profile data, targeted profiles, targeted search, and a single point of access to the web AND it is included in the Dice subscription.

It does focus on the US — that Dice’s main user base and their target market and candidates have to sign in and have a Dice account. So if you’re looking for something global keep that in mind (nothing to suggest though that it couldn’t go that direction, although they were pretty clear that today its US focused).

The Girl in HR’s IMHO: I got a very quick demo and interview with Goli at #SHRM13, but I think that this is some cool and cutting edge stuff — especially in the tech recruiting space. Its certainly worth a deeper dive, particularly if you are already a dice customer.

3 Reasons Job Seekers Should Be Excited About Their Prospects in 2013 |

Things are looking up for job seekers, at least according to the latest unemployment report for February. Reuters reported that the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest rate since December 2008. So after years of struggle, new opportunities, (236,000 jobs in the last month) are for the taking for job seekers and professionals wishing to change jobs and careers.

While the workforce makeup may likely never return to pre-2008 levels, 2013 will see the growth of several new employment sectors. If you are seeking employment, be optimistic. New ideas, prospects, and resources are available.

1. The Growing Economy

The American economy is improving. However, 12 million Americans are still currently seeking employment. While it’s progressing at a slower rate than everyone would like, it is headed in the right direction. The financial markets are closing in on all-time highs. Recent employment data has been positive, and forecasters predict continued growth in 2013. Approximately 170,000 new jobs per month are expected, with unemployment dipping below seven percent by the end of the year.

Over the last five years, employers’ needs have changed. Due to the economic decline, employers learned that they could survive and grow with a leaner workforce. Many former positions have been eliminated, but new prospects in technology, design, and networking have created a strong demand for trained professionals. The dynamics of our economy have changed and will continue to do so in terms of developing an efficient and effective workforce.

2. Better Online Resources

In addition to a recovering economy, the wealth of online resources for job seekers is almost overwhelming. Consider today’s tools for job searching in contrast to the standards of only 20 years ago. The landscape has been revolutionized by technology. Job search engines are prevalent, as are detailed job postings on companies’ websites. While the tried-and-true classified ads are still a resource, the digital world offers you greater convenience and accessibility, and a chance to really refine your search for the perfect position for you. All of these advances work to aid your quest for new possibilities.

Finding a job is greatly assisted by — and almost requires — multiple online resources today. These resources could include LinkedIn for networking, The New York Times or similar publications for the latest employment news, and for endless job listings. These resources are just the tip of the iceberg. Access to your future career is easier than ever before. Online tools are only improving as search engines become more efficient and sophisticated to meet your needs. If you rely on five to seven career resources, you’re likely to be in a better position to sort through the noise and find your next employer. Begin with a general search, but pare down those postings to the genuinely promising ones that address your present and future skills

3. New Career Opportunities

Many professionals have switched careers altogether in recent years. Switching careers is a brave and bold decision, but in our post-recession workforce, it can be the right choice for many. Over 3.5 million jobs are available in today’s economy if you have the right skills and experience. To gain these skills, consider online and offline resources that can help train you for a new field. Current knowledge in technology, operating systems, and network administration is sought after in many areas.

Skillshare is a great online resource to begin exploring. Offline resources, like the Flatiron School, also offer very skill-specific training courses that can be completed in a relatively short period of time. The course to build web developer skills only takes 12 weeks and can lead to immediate employment in many locations. My own company recently hired two web developers trained at this school; one previously worked in finance, while the other was a boxer. Change can greatly benefit not only your current situation, but your future opportunities as well.

A new year offers a variety of reasons to be optimistic about job market trends. Our economy is recovering, and companies are more willing to hire than in the dark days of 2008. With greater online resources available, the job search itself has become more convenient and specific for your needs as a professional. It’s possible to search locally or nationwide with the push of a button. This impressive technology — and the changing demands from it — have changed our workforce. With an open mind about your career and the skills that could most benefit you in the future, your potential is unlimited.

This post was originally published on Under30Careers.

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