Negotiating a salary can be an uncomfortable process and the situation may only get more complicated in a tough job market, writes Amy Gallo for in “How to Negotiate Your Next Salary.” Here are the tips Amy said can help you get what you’re worth without offending your future employer.

• Reach out to friends or colleagues who can tell you what the employer might typically pay for the role
• Regardless of the state of the job market, you should always negotiate
• Be honest with yourself about what salary you’re willing to accept
• Offer solutions that will meet your needs and those of the employer
• Be creative about demonstrating the value you’ll bring to the company

• Negotiate on salary alone; the other non-monetary aspects often have more impact on your job satisfaction
• Accept the initial offer made to you even if you don’t have other alternatives
• Go into the negotiation with a list of demands

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