I didn?t want to post anything about this until I knew for sure (you know, don?t count your chickens before they hatch and all that.). And I?m not one to toot my own horn. So now that I know for sure now I?m just really excited and I wanted to share it with you all. About a month ago, I had a phone interview with the director of the professional services team at an engineering software development company. It sounded really promising and the responsibilities he described were right up my alley. Not only that but the company is growing and there are opportunities for growth and advancement. I?ve worked with individuals at this company before so the names he mentioned I knew right away. I worried a bit when it came time to negotiate a salary, because last time ?negotiations? went something like this:
Potential Employer- So the only thing we need to do now is negotiate a salary, we feel we can pay you (this much)
Me-umm ok, I?ll take it.
This time, I said I need some time to think about salary and I would get back with him. My husband gave me some good advice he said just think about how much you honestly feel your worth, and bump it up a bit so they don?t offer you less, or just give them a range, and make sure the bottom number isn?t lower than the minimum that you?d accept. And when you specify a range don?t be afraid to give reasons like ?Because of the skills I can offer-blah blah?
So although I was a bit nervous I gave them a range I thought was reasonable for my skill level, experience, and education. I?m thrilled to say that they came back with exactly what I was looking for: significantly more than what I make now including incentive bonuses paid quarterly. The benefits are outstanding. There will be some travel because I?ll be working with clients all over the northwest region of the U.S. But when I?m not traveling I?ll be working from home.
I just got the ?official? offer letter and benefits package today. I can actually say that my salary has doubled since leaving the dubs. I?m so happy!
*doing the happy dance* -Doodle-V