Amanda Stanhaus

Tag: negotiation



Discussing money is always difficult. This makes negotiating my salary extra tricky.

My frame of mind when I negotiate is the following: you can’t afford me, so impress me.

From my perspective, negotiation is all about the attitude. Ex.: Regardless of responsibilities, I’m always totally qualified, duh.

Meanwhile, my prospective employer’s goal is to find a way to pay me the least amount possible for the most amount of work.

Prospective employers love to ask for the range of salary I am expecting from a job. From my range, the prospective employer equates my low # to their high #.

Essentially, whoever names a # first loses. Don’t be a loser, don’t name a #.

If a prospective employer “needs” to know a #, stall a much as possible. Say things such as “market rate,” “I need a better understanding of my responsibilities,” and “You will need to provide me with more information about my benefits before I can say such a #.”

If all else fails, look up on Glassdoor for range of salaries according to position, city, and company.

Stay tough!


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)

Career Move

When will I buck my bottom of the barrel status?

I can’t answer that right now. In the meantime, I can do everything in my power to make that happen ASAP.

I’m taking my time, being patient. But I also know there is never a perfect time. So, I create perfection.

Whenever I’ve negotiated for more responsibilities and a matching higher salary, I’ve negotiated as though I was ready to leave everything behind.

My negotiation prep includes: months of living expenses saved, spiffy linkedIn profile with fierce photo, and info of all my contacts at my job.

Essentially, I’m ready for battle.


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)