Received an amazing and detailed article on salary negotiation by Kalzumeus today (hat tip @ramit), complete with step-by-step instructions, scripts, and the psychology behind some of these tactics. Love it. Some gems:
On searching for jobs
“Many people think job searches go something like this:
- See ad for job on Monster.com
- Send in a resume.
- Get an interview.
- Get asked for salary requirements.
- Get offered your salary requirement plus 5%.
- Try to negotiate that offer, if you can bring yourself to.
This is an effective strategy for job searching if you enjoy alternating bouts of being unemployed, being poorly compensated, and then treated like a disposable peon.
You will have much, much better results if your job search looks something more like:
- (Optional but recommended) Establish a reputation in your field as someone who delivers measurable results vis-a-vis improving revenue or reducing costs.
- Have a hiring manager talk with you, specifically, about an opening that they want you, specifically, to fill.
- Talk informally (and then possibly formally) and come to the conclusion that this would be a great thing if both sides could come to a mutually fulfilling offer.
- Let them take a stab at what that mutually fulfilling offer would look like.
- Suggest ways that they could improve it such that the path is cleared for you doing that voodoo that you do so well to improve their revenue and/or reduce their costs.
- (Optional) Give the guy hiring you a resume to send to HR, for their records. Nobody will read it, because resumes are an institution created to mean that no one has to read resumes. Since no one will read it, we put it in the process where it literally doesn’t matter whether it happens or not, because if you had your job offer contingent on a document that everyone knows no one reads, that would be pretty effing stupid now wouldn’t it.”
I love this article. It’s not every day you get to read something that’s so much more than a superficial “Top 10 ways to get hired!” article. If every blogger/journalist/author got into this level of analysis, we’d have less of an info overload problem.