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Is it appropriate to negotiate job offers and ask for raises during COVID-19? Many companies are struggling during COVID-19. Is is disrespectful to ask for raises?


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Katrina’s Answer

Hi Austin, the best advice I ever received is that "you're not paid what you're worth - you're paid what you ask for."

Yes - it is always appropriate and never disrespectful to ask for raises.
With that being said, you do need to do some research and build a case for WHY you are negotiating X terms. There are some requests that don't make much sense. A very exaggerated example would be asking for a 6 figure salary for a part time job at a small, local restaurant.

There are many things to consider when negotiating and it is not always about money (you can certainly get creative). There are many factors to consider.

-Is the package they are offering reasonable for your years of experience, job expectations, and the company itself?
-If they are not able to offer more pay now, could they negotiate an increase in pay over a specific amount of time (X percentage every 3 months until the 12 month mark), number of paid days off, stipend for career growth opportunities, health/wellness reimbursement, etc.

TL;DR
A pandemic should not be a reason stopping you from initiating a negotiation. However, whatever you do negotiate, you should go in with strong arguments.

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James’s Answer

Always negotiate during a job interview and don't be afraid to ask for a raise. That said, if you're going to try to negotiate a job offer it helps to have leverage - do you have a competing offer, or does the company really want you to work there? Be careful about understanding what "market rate" is for a position - if you try to negotiate something completely unreasonable that likely won't go well.

When it comes to asking for a raise, be prepared to defend why you deserve a raise - is it because your peers are paid more than you? Your work product is exceptional? You're ready for a promotion or you meet the requirements to move up in your company? Good luck!

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Michael’s Answer

If what you do adds value to the company then yes, it is fine ask for raises.
You may be asked for examples how you add value so be ready for that.
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Jannet’s Answer

Hi Austin,

That's a great question! I would say you should absolutely feel free to negotiate your offer or ask for a raise during the pandemic. Your talents and qualities are not any less valuable or diminished due to the pandemic. I would bring forward any relevant data to make your case (other competitive offers, market research, etc). When done respectfully, the worst you can get is a "no," and you won't have lost anything for trying.

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Sunny’s Answer

Hi Austin,

I agree it is appropriate to negotiate job offers and ask for raises even during Covid 19. However, I want to recommend you approach this matter in a cautious way.

That means, you might want to think from an employer's point of view. As you mentioned in your question, it is a hard time for everyone, not exceptional to your future employer. So you can check with the employer if they have room for negotiation first. I am not sure if negotiation is very common when it comes to your first job, but it is worth asking them how they think. If they don't consider negotiation, then you might just have to accept what they offer, but I would not risk you first job offer too much just asking them straightforward that you need a higher raise. I would start off as "I was wondering if you have any room for pay negotiation. I am hoping to get a little more than what was offered, because....(your reasoning)."

It is also useful to do some research on how the industry/firm generally pays and what you can offer better than others to deserve a pay raise.


Good luck!



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Maria Alejandra’s Answer

When it comes to negotiating salaries, I always say GO FOR IT! The worst thing that can happen is that they say no. That being said, always do so in a very respectful way and make sure to do your research beforehand (i.e. how much people earn in your role + experience level, etc) so that you have the best likelihood of getting your salary/benefits increased.

Maria Alejandra recommends the following next steps:

Highly recommend reading this helpful article, sharing tips & tricks to negotiate successfully: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-negotiate-salary-37-tips-you-need-to-know
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Samantha’s Answer

Hi!
I don't think that asking for a raise, in the right way, is disrespectful. Like the ladies above me have said, you seem like a respectful person even if you are just asking the questions. You also have to look out for yourself. Businesses are not the only ones struggling at these uncertain times. Many people are struggling to stay afloat during COVID-19. I think having that conversation with employers is important.

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Sandy’s Answer

Hi Austin,

I believe having an honest conversation with your manager/employer in a respectful manner is the way to go. You won't know until you ask and as Ashley mentioned, you have to be the one advocating for yourself, because no one else will. I am speaking from personal experience, my promotion was on hold due to Covid, but I had 1:1s with my manager to talk about my advancements within the company.
Good luck!

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Ashley’s Answer

Hi Austin! The fact you've even asked this question makes you a caring and sensitive applicant, yet I agree with Katrina...if you don't advocate for yourself, no one else will. You can always negotiate, just do it in a kind and respectful way (which you clearly have got covered).

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Rugila’s Answer

Hi Austin,

Yes! I say go for it. Especially during this tragic time "the new normal" which we are all facing. Many companies are very open minded and understanding and will be happy to share information regarding the benefits and compensation information where applicable. Keep your questions professional and respectful to the employer.

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