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Sample Salary Negotiation Before Joining

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Your job search is not complete until you have negotiated your salary with the employer. As a job seeker, you are not sure whether to accept the offer or leave it, especially in this present economy. On the other hand, there is always a doubt in your mind that asking more salary would make you seem interested only in getting money, and not the job or the company.

However, negotiating salary is something that is expected as a standard practice in the job search. The employers expect salary negotiation with candidates they found suitable for the position. Here, the aim is not to wage a war against the employers and try to win. It should rather be taken as an attempt to settle an amount that is appropriate for you as well as the employers.

To get your expected salary, you should first know what your needs are. Further, you must know how to put your demand for more salary to the employer. You should also think about other options you can be comfortable working with. When you are ready with your needs and alternatives, you will have a better understanding, and it will help you in yielding a salary figure which is acceptable to both of you.

Having said that, calculate a figure in your mind that is needed to take care of your family needs. Include the expenses you need to maintain your lifestyle and pay other obligations such as loans borrowed for home, car, personal or other reasons as well. Simply going for an interview in a company that cannot fulfill your minimum requirements would be a waste of time for you and the company. Therefore, being informed about the salary offered by the company before trying the job would be a great time-saver.

If you are not able to get the information about the company before the job, still there is a chance to negotiate the salary. Write a salary negotiation cover letter and convey your thoughts on the offered salary and your counter offer. The only thing needed is to write the content in a way that can support your demand for more salary.

Salary Negotiation before Joining

Edward D. Wilson,
4106 Birch Street,
Zionsville, IN 46077,
(317)-000 5698.

Date: October 17, 2011.

Mr. Joseph L. Craft,
Manager HR,
Top Software, Inc.,
915 Valley View Drive,
Zionsville, IN 46070.

Dear Mr. Craft,

Receiving a job offer letter from Top Software, Inc. is a very pleasing feeling. I thank the almighty and the entire team from the selection panel for offering me a life-time opportunity to work with one of the country's best software company. The most exciting thing about the job, I found, are the responsibilities matching with my technical proficiency. I am just waiting to use my six years of programming experience in developing software for clients that meets their requirements.

We have already talked about the contributions I will be making in the job. Still, I would like to say it again that I will help your company with my technical skills in achieving the profit from the projects you have invested in. I am looking forward for a mutual and long-term professional relationship with your company. Other convincing thing I found about the company is that my technical skills will be utilized to its maximum. Further, I have an opportunity to enhance my knowledge with help of the periodic career advancement programs conducted by the company.

However, before joining, I would like to bring your attention towards the annual compensation package. The offered package of $____ is less than I need to fulfill my personal requirements and other obligations. If additional 25% can be added to the offered package, it would help me to focus on the job without being worried about my other needs.

Considering my experience and the exposure I have about the industry, backed with previous achievements, I politely request you to consider my application and renegotiate the salary for our long-term association. Hence, with lots of expectations, I am asking you to meet again and discuss the salary at the earliest.


Edward D. Wilson,

The salary drawn by programmers will vary from company to company. It will also depend on the location of the company. Further, salary expectations when joining the new job will differ among candidates as well. You can use this sample cover letter for salary negotiation before joining the programming job by replacing the ___ words with the amount actually offered by the company, and by changing your expected percentage ratio of salary.

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