New job? Get your worth.

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News of a new job offer is exciting. And as we know, a job offer comes with new career challenges, a better salary package and of course a few negotiations. So where and how do you start the negotiation process? It can be a tricky procedure if you haven't done thorough career research on the new job title.

The website www.associatedcontent.com gives the following pointers on how to proceed before signing your name on the dotted line.

  • Avoid asking for too much. Every job comes with employment reviews at a later stage, so if you think your contract can be improved, use this review period to negotiate for a higher salary and better benefits.

  • Arm yourself with knowledge. Ask around and read up on your worth, and what other companies are offering for the same position.

  • Be observant. Use your prospective employer's verbal and nonverbal cues before you start the negotiation process. This will determine whether or not the topic can be raised.

  • Weigh your options. Compare your salary with other company benefits (pension fund and medical aid fund). This will determine whether you should go ahead with your request.

  • Be firm and flexible. If your employer offers you an alternative contract, consider it before declining.
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