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  • Writer's pictureJustine (Jay) Warne

Is it Worth it? The Benefits of Negotiating Your Salary

Updated: Jun 3

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Negotiating your pay can feel like navigating the early stages of a dating relationship. You're trying to make a good impression, communicate your value, and establish mutual respect and understanding. Just like in dating, there's a level of vulnerability involved—you’re putting yourself out there with the hope of a positive outcome, but there's always the risk of rejection or misunderstanding.

However, through my experience (and regret), I've come to embrace salary negotiations as an essential tool for shaping my career and setting boundaries. I cringe thinking about all those times I accepted my first offer because I was "grateful" for the opportunity. You can still be grateful for the offer of employment and simultaneously secure your worth - it doesn't have to be one or the other.

So why should you always negotiate your pay? Because it's a win-win situation — You will either increase your earnings, or you'll receive less money but gain a chance to set some boundaries with your employer.

4 reasons why you should always negotiate your salary:

1. Maximise Your Earning Potential

The obvious reason to negotiate your pay is the potential to maximise your income. If you don’t initiate a discussion on salary, guess how much extra money you’ll get? Nothing.

By simply presenting a compelling case for your worth, you will increase the likelihood of getting paid more.

2. Assert Your Value

Negotiating your pay isn't just about the money—it's about asserting your value in the workplace. Once you’re employed, the opportunity to bring up your salary rarely comes about.

By advocating for fair compensation when you first get a contract, you send a clear message to your employer that you recognise your worth and they are making a great hiring decision. This assertiveness sets a precedent for future interactions and reinforces your standing within the organisation.

"If you don’t initiate a discussion on salary, guess how much extra money you’ll get? None."

3. Create Healthy Boundaries

Negotiating your pay allows you to establish healthy boundaries in terms of workload and expectations. By aligning your compensation with the level of work required, you ensure that you’re not undervalued or overburdened.

If you’re offered less money than you believe you deserve, you might reconsider all those overtime hours you would have probably done. If this happens, try to see it as a positive! When your employer doesn’t meet your salary expectations, you can set a boundary for your precious time.

4. Take Control Of Your Financial Well-Being

Ultimately, negotiating your pay empowers you to take control of your career and financial well-being. Rather than accepting whatever offer comes your way, you need to actively engage in discussions to secure the best possible outcome for yourself. This proactive approach instils a sense of confidence and agency, allowing you to navigate the professional landscape with clarity and purpose.

Negotiating pay isn't just a one-time transaction

Negotiating your salary mindset that shapes your approach to work and career advancement. By embracing salary negotiations as an opportunity to maximise compensation, assert your value, create boundaries, and empower yourself, you can transform what might be a daunting process into a strategic advantage.

So, why should you always negotiate your pay? Because it’s not just about the money—it's about taking ownership of your career and setting yourself up for future success.

Book in a career consultation with Justine to plan your next salary conversation!

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