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ASK for it!

For new hires or even at a yearly review, the salary range can be somewhat locked in, despite your best efforts to negotiate a better number. If you are having your review, aside from asking what you can work on to improve your value to the organization, there may be other perks that you can add to the discussion. For example, request a timeline of 3 or even 6 months to revisit a salary discussion. Always keep the door open.

It’s never a good idea to leave anything on the table, but what if you don’t really know what else to ask for? The following seven requests are reasonable to make and more likely to give you the additional wiggle room to demonstrate that you want to make the package offered work for everyone in order to come on board.

1. Additional vacation time

2. Flex-time

3. Working remotely a day per week

4. A better title

5. Commuter reimbursement

6. Designated office work space

7. Continuing education reimbursement

Feel free to add to the above with your own ideas of what’s most important to you or is more in alignment with the company culture. Remember, if you don’t ASK, you don’t GET, so prepare to be the best advocate for yourself. “In a study cited by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, authors of Women Don’t Ask, if a woman doesn’t push to ask for more money in her first job, she stands to lose more than $500,000 by the time she reaches age 60.” So, put on your big boy pants and ASK!


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