Aug 07, 2018 - 04:27 PM
Before you sit down to write your letter, do some research. You should use reliable resources, such as government databases and industry statistics, to determine what the standard salary range is for someone in the position you want. Don't forget to narrow your search to your geographical location, as salary ranges can be drastically different depending on where you live. If possible, do some research on the company itself. Knowing what the standard compensation package looks like can give you additional options in your negotiation, such as asking for more vacation time.
Your counter-proposal needs to convey confidence without a sense of entitlement or hostility. Express your enthusiasm for the position and the company itself, and include a few specific reasons you feel you deserve the salary you want. Follow standard negotiating tactics: start by asking for more than you want so you can meet in the middle.