5 Tips for Negotiating a Higher Salary at Your Next Job

Kirstie McDermott knows that a higher salary is on the wish lists of many in 2023. Here’s how to land one.

Thinking about a new job? You’re not alone. New figures from the University of Melbourne and YouGov show that around 50% of “prime aged” workers aged between 18 and 54 reported feeling exhausted at work.

A third of workers under 54 are considering quitting, and younger workers also feel there are fewer opportunities for advancement.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says that worker mobility, or the percentage of those who changed jobs in a year, increased to 9.5%, the highest level since 2012.

Additionally, the ABS also reported in February that the number of people who left their jobs in the previous three months did so for either a better job or because they wanted a change, increased by about 14,200 to 343,200 people.

With inflation higher than the minimum wage increase for the past two years, it is no surprise Australians are looking for new career opportunities. One of the most important aspects of any new job is the opportunity to ask for more money, better benefits or a flexible work schedule.

So, once you’ve been offered a new job, what should you do to ensure you get the best deal possible?

1.   Practise your negotiation skills

Preparation is key: Practise your negotiation skills with friends or family members before the actual conversation about money happens. This will help you feel more confident and prepared during the negotiation process.

2.   Research the market

It’s important to understand if what you’re asking for is in the right ballpark. Find out what the average salary range is for similar roles in your industry and location. Now you’ll know what you can reasonably ask for.

3.   Highlight your experience and skills

During a salary negotiation, focus on your past experiences, skills, and achievements that make you a valuable asset to the company. Show them how you can contribute to their bottom line with concrete examples.

4.   Be confident but polite

Negotiating a higher salary can be intimidating, but remember that you deserve to be paid what you’re worth. Be confident in your abilities, but also polite and respectful throughout the negotiation process.

5.   Have a backup plan

Be prepared with a plan B if the answer to your salary request is a no. You could ask for other benefits such as additional holiday time, flexible working hours, or the opportunity to work remotely. And consider the total compensation package, too. Beyond base salary, elements such as bonuses, health benefits, and retirement plans can all add up.

Ready to apply for a new role and hone your negotiation skills? The Professional Beauty Job Board contains hundreds of interesting beauty industry roles––discover three of those below.

Chanel Beauty Advisor, Myer, Hobart

Myer Hobart is seeking a Chanel Beauty Advisor to be part of a team who loves coming to work each day. You’ll be a passionate beauty expert with outstanding customer service and will meet customer needs in every way by recommending additional services. Great communication and people skills are essential as is confidence and skill in makeup application or skin care. Plus, you’ll need a certificate IV or Diploma in beauty. Apply for the job here.

Video Content Producer, ModelCo, Sydney

Due to significant growth ModelCo is seeking a passionate, experienced and results driven Video Content Producer who can leverage strong capability in video, motion graphics and photography to support brand revenue and market expansion strategy. You’ll craft and communicate brand image by creating and editing photos and videos for digital and social channels, create social collateral, website banners, YouTube videos and photography of product flat lays and retouching. A minimum of two years’ experience is required as is the ability to create video edits from existing content and create new content too. Find out all the requirements here.

Copywriter, THE ICONIC, Alexandria

Previous experience in copywriting, both technical and creative is required to apply for this Copywriter role at The Iconic. You’ll join an in-house team of skilled product copywriters and will produce and review ecommerce content, both standardised and unique, for products and brands. Plus, you’ll apply knowledge of fashion trends and technical garment attributes to produce informative, inspiring and engaging copy. You’ll need to be able to work independently and efficiently whilst maintaining a strong level of quality and attention to detail, and have adaptability and resilience in a dynamic, fast paced environment. Get the full job spec here.

Browse The Professional Beauty Job Board, and explore all available job opportunities.

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