When Negotiating a Salary, Get the Company to Name Figures First. If you give away your current pay from the get-go, you have no way to know if you’re lowballing or highballing. Getting a potential employer to name the figure first means you can then push them higher.
You Can Negotiate More Than Just Your Salary. Your work hours, official title, maternity and paternity leave, vacation time, and which projects you’ll work on could all be things that a future employer may be willing to negotiate.
Don’t Assume You Don’t Qualify for Unemployment. At the height of the recent recession, only half of people eligible for unemployment applied for it. Learn the rules of unemployment.
Make Salary Discussions at Your Current Job About Your Company’s Needs. Your employer doesn’t care whether you want more money for a bigger house—it cares about keeping a good employee. So when negotiating pay or asking for a raise, emphasize the incredible value you bring to the company.