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June 03, 2008

Workplace Issues - Salary negotiations

Hello Readers,

Negotiating your salary can be a daunting task. In addition to not knowing how much you are worth, you may also risk asking for a salary that is far above or below what your employer is willing to pay. Aim too high, and you may not be given the job. Aim too low, and you may come to regret it later ...

... when you realize that everyone else is on a higher salary.

So what can do to negotiate a salary that you are happy with? Here are a few key tips:

1. Do your research. How much are other teachers/head teachers/curriculum developers make in your area?
2. How much do you feel you need to live the lifestyle you want? (For those of you in the UK, use this tax calculator to help you: http://www.i-resign.com/uk/financialcentre/tax_calculator.asp).
3. Decide before the interview what an acceptable salary range would be.
4. When asked for your salary expectations, give a range that you are happy with if you are not quite sure how much to ask for; give a more exact figure if you are determined to get that (but keep in mind that you may not get what you ask for).
5. Be prepared to negotiate. If you ask for a bit more than you expect, then your potential employer can negotiate it down and you can still get what you want.
6. If unsure, say that you expect to be paid a competitive wage for the position that you are applying for.
7. Be ready to back up your expectations by explaining how you came to the figure that you did. Try to remain objective about it, basing it on your skills, qualifications, experience and achievements.

Do you have any other tips on negotiating a salary? Feel free to share your comments below.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

*Looking for more articles that focus on workplace issues specific to ESL? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at June 3, 2008 07:37 AM

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