Re: job offer & pay bargaining

Subject: Re: job offer & pay bargaining
From: "Kahn, Stacey" <skahn -at- WB -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 6 Jul 1995 11:53:32 U

>Ask yourself:
>1. What is the cost of living in your proposed area and can I afford to
> live on the salary offered.

No no no! The question is what ones skills are worth, not what one requires. By
the "your cost of living" logic a fry-slinger at McDonalds could earn 100K
based on having lots of kids or a hefty mortgage, while a single, frugal
doctor/CEO/Supreme Court Justice would take home maybe 15K.

Ask for what *your* market (experience, specialization, location, etc etc etc)
generally pays. And remember that any company that wants to screw you over a
few thousand dollars (which means a lot to you but, if they're successful
enough to be using an agency, not all that much to them) will most likely screw
you over more important stuff, too.

--Stacey Kahn Washington, D.C.
skahn -at- wb -dot- com
speaking for myself and not for my (fair and equitable) employers


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