So, you nailed the job interview and got hired —but the salary range is not anywhere near your expectation. Or you’re still job-hunting and often being asked the awkward ‘ how much would you want us to pay you?’ questions. How about those who are somewhat comfortable with their jobs, but still desire a raise? Whatever the case, you’re definitely not alone—it’s a pervasive truth that talking about money can be really awkward.
Salary negotiations are necessary. It is so not worth it to be polite and accept a ridiculously low offer you’d regret. Your bills won’t pay themselves, so you’ve got to learn how to advocate for yourself.
This is a tricky topic, but our top tips for negotiating a salary will get you what you truly deserve.
Give a range
It’s okay not to give a definite number for your current salary or desired one, instead, give a range. That way, you’re not boxed into a corner. If you have to call a figure (hopefully you’ve done your research), aim high. That will leave you room for negotiation.
If you’re currently making N120,000 and want to make N150,000, you can say that your current salary is in the N150,000 range. That’s sincere and will get you closer to what you’d like to earn.
Do your research
Make sure your salary-related assignment is done before going into an interview or meeting your boss for a raise. Find out what others earn for similar roles, so you’d be able to ask with confidence.
A simple Google search will tell you what the projected salary for your line of work is. Sites like , , and are great places to know what your salary should be.
It’s crucial to believe you’re worth every naira you’re asking a company to pay you. Don’t walk into negotiations thinking about what you can get or what they’ll give you.
Walk into negotiations and ask for what you want. I promise you that no employer is ever going to pay you one kobo more than what you are worth, so tell them what you are worth!” And you’d better believe it too.
Request declined? Ask for other forms of compensation
It’s inevitable that you won’t always get the salary offer you want. However, if you don’t get the answer you were hoping for, remember that there are other things you can negotiate for—more paid time off, days working from home, or an early review to discuss a raise based on your performance.
Understand the ‘why’ for the denied request, and you can ask to revisit your salary at the next cycle or after milestones or performance have been demonstrated.
Your boldness and persistence will make you look good. These will indicate to your bosses that you value yourself and your own career in addition to the team and company that you contribute to—a healthy balance that every employee has to learn.
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