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Kelly Bertera
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UPDATE: Here is a message that I got from the company yesterday

Good morning, Kelly-

I hope this email reaches you well. Thank you for being flexible with us getting back to you. I’ve circled back to the Hiring Manager and we are open to offering $50,000.00 annually. Please let me know if this is a more agreeable number.

Thank you and take care

I was currently offered a position and it has benefits and is a union position in a city role. However, they offered me $45,000 annually when I had told them my previous position I made $55,000 and in my interview I told them that's the salary range where I would be comfortable with. I understand I may not go into a new job and make the same. However, the high end of the salary they showed on the application site was $55,392. I have over 13 years with my previous employer doing the same work. Is it ok to negotiate salary and what is the best approach to do this? They gave me 4 days to respond to the offer letter and to start on October 31st. Thanks in advance! #joboffer #hiringnews #jobsearch #application #interview #help

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Davena Shabazz
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It may be an error. Ask. Take the fear out your voice. Never be afraid to negotiate your worth. Employers are like people. They treat you just how you show up? Are you afraid to open your mouth? Well a closed mouth doesn’t get fed! 🤷🏾‍♀️

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Kitty Carracedo
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Yes by all means negotiating is ok. It doesn’t always have to be for money, maybe additional time off. Best of luck.

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Michael Malry
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Take the job!!! If something better comes up. Negotiate that or give them notice and walk.

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Cherie Walters
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Negotiate your offer letter before you start. Even offer to start at their rate and negotiate in WRITING a significant increase in 30-90 days (typically your first review is 90 days) It is always better to get a starting salary you are comfortable with. You don't have to work to get to where you were at your previous job. Don't take less than what your worth!

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Mark Bryan
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Hi Kelly, First I wanted to say congratulations on the new job offer, that's very exciting! I've been in Recruiting for 10+ years and I don't see any problem negotiating salary, but I'd recommend being sensitive on how you approach the conversation, especially if you are very excited about the job and are planning to accept no matter what. There's no harm in going back to them in a very professional way, asking if it's possible for flexibility on your starting salary as you see the higher range listed and that you have been making that amount previously (and had told them them). As long as your professional and come at it the right way, I think it's OK.

There are also some great points already written from other Jobcasers in the Community, that I would reiterate as well. When looking at your job offer, always look at your "total compensation", meaning your base salary, possible bonus/incentive, benefits coverage, etc. that can all be calculated and maybe you're actually making more money because they cover more PTO or pay for certain benefits that used to be out of pocket for you. You should also look at what the position is offering you professionally. Long-term career stability or a great stepping stone to a better opportunity can sometimes be worth less money for a bit if you think it will help you make more in the future and be on a better more enjoyable career journey. Best of luck and please follow up with any questions!

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Josh Holmes
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Depends on what you can and education! Companies always try to talk you down. But if your in the trades, unless your an immigrant! Than you have to stand your ground! These cooperations are cheap bastards!

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Brett Malone
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Good luck with the negotiation, @Kelly Bertera. Your letter looks great. I can only speak for my personal experiences, but I've always respected when a candidate is up front in their negotiations. Ideally, we get it right out of the gate and we meet on the first offer, but that's not always the case and I'd rather have that conversation up front than have an employee that feels undervalued.

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Michelle Davenport
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I think its very scary to try and negotiate... Depending how bad they need help.. But within 90 days you could get a raise and after that come your annual raise... The salary that they post on line on indeed don't mean its the right quote for the company..

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Reena B.
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Sometimes employers are willing to negotiate. Did they seems like they are flexible? You can simply ask if the offer is negotiable. Then really make the case as to why you deserve the higher pay. Your pitch has to be more than that's how much I made at the last job.

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Carrie Griffes
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By all means negotiate. However, keep in mind that 55392.00 is the top of their range for this position. As a union shop, this is a negotiated range and partly based on seniority level.

Your move is lateral and your starting over with a new company. They may be willing to come up some but don't be surprised if they are not.

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