Negotiating Salary: Finally, after all the challenges you went through to land a job abroad, you now have a job offer on the table and are excited to take on the challenges and opportunities of working abroad.
But what if the offered salary is lower than what you think you deserve? Are you well-equipped to negotiate your offer?
Pay negotiation is not something new, yet it is still one of the most crucial and difficult stages of landing your dream job.
This can either make or break you. So be careful not to appear greedy during your negotiation and do not be too persistent to the point of being a nuisance.
The following strategies will guide you on how to be effective and make your salary negotiations go smoothly.
1. Know your value.
To avoid trapping yourself into this situation, research first on the salary ranges offered by employers for jobs that match your qualifications and skills.
Note that the rates depend on several factors like industry experience, education, degree of specialization of the job, geographic location, and the whole benefits package. Basically, you would only send your applications to employers who can match your asking price.
But in case that the job you really want to get has lower salary than the rate you deemed you deserve, you must prepare to negotiate your job offer.
To help you determine your expected basic salary, you can contact your colleagues who are already working abroad. Inquire for the reasonable estimated salary for jobs that match your qualifications.
Understanding your true market value will make you more confident during the negotiation process.
2. Negotiate in a professional manner.
Clearly explain why you deserve more than what is offered to you. Keep in mind that tension may arise if you have not thought well on how to best relay your message.
Be tactful and diplomatic when you negotiate to maintain the mutual respect and trust that you have built throughout the hiring process.
Do not take personally any conflict that might arise during the negotiation. Remember that you and your employer might have different interests.
Negotiation is a give-and-take process and if done effectively, you both will find a common ground for agreement.
3. Understand to be more flexible in your negotiations.
The company may really like you and think that you really are deserving of your asking price yet they cannot give it to you due to some constraints like company policy on salary caps. So it is your task to know where they can be flexible.
They may not be able to match your expected salary, but they may be able to bridge the gap by offering you a better benefits package.
Better understanding of their constraints will help you formulate other options that would address the interests of both parties.
4. Job offer versus salary
There is a common misconception that a job offer is the same as salary offer. Don’t get fixated on the price alone for there are a lot of other factors that might give you more satisfaction other than the salary per se.
Consider also the value of the whole employment package: roles and workloads, health and medical benefits, insurance and retirement policies, location, sustainability of the company, protection of an expatriate worker, culture and atmosphere of the workplace, perks and bonuses, opportunity to travel, trainings, career advancement and growth, etc.
These guidelines aim to serve as your guidance for an effective and successful job offer negotiation.
These do not guarantee that you’ll be able to get exactly what you want.
More than getting a high paying job, these tips aim to help you get the offer that will not only benefit you in the short-run but will also put you in a stronger position in the long term.
After all, true satisfaction transcends beyond the particulars of your initial job offer.