Getting the Salary You Want as a Financial Analyst

by Richard C. Wilson on January 16, 2012

As a financial analyst, whether you are starting out in the field or moving up, getting the salary you want out of your job is important.  In fact, it is probably safe to say you don’t go to work just because you don’t have anything better to do.  You go so you can earn a paycheck. So getting the salary you want should be a priority.

When you are out looking for your next job as a financial analyst, you will want to keep a few things in mind in order to get the salary you are looking for.  First, take the highest offer, unless of course you have figured out it isn’t the place you want to work.  This way you have more room for negotiations.

Next, know where you are willing to compromise and where you are not.  That may mean you need to figure this out ahead of time.  For instance, are you willing to accept vacation and other benefits in place of additional salary? Once you know where your priorities are, stick to them.

Lastly, meet the person that is doing the hiring and negotiations in person. It is much more difficult to say no to someone in person than if you are negotiating via email or on the phone.  Be professional and polite and non-confrontational.  Express your interest in the job and your qualifications and enthusiasm but make your points and be clear about them.  You will be more respected in the end.

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