Oh, this is always the fun stuff about design... Thinking and talking about money, right? Hmmm... I think not. Either way, it is important to know what you're getting yourself into, and I appreciated that aspect of this reading. It provided some great tips to consider, getting straight to the point.
For example, as much as we wish we could just focus on the craft and creative aspect while hoping to make a decent living at the same time, this is not always the case. So, it is important to understand what you're getting into and what kind of gain you are receiving for your work/time at any given company. It is important to remember that this doesn't just mean money. Some places might not pay you the big bucks, but they might offer more flexibility with your hours (as a parent of two kids, this can be vital). Sometimes we can get distracted by the number, but we need to look at the entire package. It wouldn't be beneficial for me to take a job that pays me extremely well but expects me to work late hours, travel extensively, and then won't provide great insurance, right? So, again, think about the entire package and your bottom line.
Another great tip to consider when entering a salary negotiation is to determine if it will be possible to move up in position and pay. Just as it is important for you to ensure you're going to receive a great return, it is important for the company too. Sometimes the company you're interviewing for may need to see a little proof in the pudding before they can offer you what you are asking for. So, it is okay to not get that initial number you were thinking. However, with a positive attitude and by asking the right questions, you might be able to negotiate what you want, benefiting not just yourself but the company for years to come.
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