[Get Hired in UX Guide] Step 9. Negotiate to Improve Your Starting Position.
Don't miss out on this final piece of the puzzle 💰
Negotiating your salary can be daunting, but don't worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are three things to keep in mind when negotiating your job offer.
Know Your Worth
Before you start negotiating, you need to know what you’re worth. Do some research on what the market is paying for UX designers in your area with similar experience and skills. Be realistic but also aim high. If you think you deserve more, ask for it!
💡Tip: Don't forget to factor in any benefits or perks that come with the offer.
Be Confident but Polite
Negotiating can be uncomfortable, but remember that this is a normal part of the hiring process. Be confident and assertive but also polite and professional. Don't burn bridges by being rude or aggressive.
💡Tip: Practice your negotiation skills with a friend or mentor before the actual negotiation.
Look at the Big Picture
When considering an offer, don't just focus on the salary. Look at the entire compensation package, including benefits, bonuses, stock options, and opportunities for growth.
💡Tip: Don't be afraid to negotiate for non-salary items that are important to you, such as extra vacation time or a flexible work schedule.
Be Ready to Say No
It's important to remember that you don't have to accept an offer that doesn't meet your expectations. If the offer doesn't align with your goals or needs, it's okay to politely decline. Don't feel pressured to say yes just because you've invested time and effort into the interview process.
💡Tip: If you do decide to decline, be gracious and thank the company for their time and consideration. You never know when you might cross paths with them again in the future.
Research what the market is paying for UX designers in your area.
Practice your negotiation skills with a friend or mentor.
Make a list of non-salary items that are important to you and consider negotiating for them.
The 10 commandments of salary negotiation (Lenny's Newsletter)
The Briefcase Technique 2.0 (Youtube)
PS you can find my list of curated resources about UX career, including tips on job search, resume, portfolio, interviewing tips, and a lot more topics in my UX Career Resources Library.
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