13 tips: How to negotiate a higher starting salary for a new job during interview

There are two kinds of salary negotiations. One is when you are negotiating a starting salary & perks with a new company at the interview stage. The other is when you are negotiating a salary raise within a company you’ve been with for a while. Let’s talk about the first kind: negotiating a higher starting salary for a new job. Here’s something no one will tell you: what you can get out of a salary negotiation is very much predetermined by your starting position. It’s not about using clever words (#3), deceipt (#13), or keeping a poker face (#1) (although that helps). But ultimately, it all starts with this: Tip #1: Beggars can’t be choosers. Who’s the beggar? Who is more desperate? Who’s got more to lose? Do you need this job more than the company needs to hire you of all applicants? These factors outline the field where you’ll be tossing the negotiation ball around. And these factors are not set in the interview room; you come with them in the interview room. (more…)
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I wanted to change my husband

This post is not mine; it's by Pam Satran, originally published in Parenting magazine. I just loved it! Enjoy. Book cover. NOT the book mentioned here. I wanted to change my husband. Not in any huge way. He doesn't have any horrible habits - blowing his paycheck on the ponies, sleeping with my relatives - that I needed to break him of. I wasn't out to make him taller, or smarter, or sexier. No, it was tweaking he needed, improvement of the usual marital kind. What if, for instance, I could get him to do more around the house? Get him to adore doing dishes, relish handling the taxes? What if I could make him a masseur? A touch more patient and a tad more thoughtful - a little more prompt and a bit more cuddly? (more…)
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