My folks always tell me I’m long-winded, so bear with me while I get to the point please (lol). I’m in my mid-20s and in my second full-time job. My first only lasted a couple of months, and I did not negotiate. In my second role, I started off part-time. When asked to transition to full-time, I was able to negotiate a little. We are paid hourly, and the pay rate drops by $3 for full-time employees. I tried to start off with my part-time rate. They brought me in at a $2.50 increase. I’ve been here two years, and I’ve been applying for other opportunities for two years (As a recent college graduate with a ton of experience when I started, I’m underpaid and underemployed).
Well, I’ve recently gotten a full-time offer; It’s also hourly. I would be making $7 more than I currently make. For me, that is huge, although I would be needing to move, so my monthly expenses would be increasing. This is also an entry-level position. My question is should I try to negotiate for the sake of negotiating? Is it appropriate with an entry level position?
I’ve heard that not negotiating can be seen as complacent. I also know though that you need to have a reason to negotiate. Being in my current role has made me insecure (treated like the bottom of the totem pole; given menial tasks). Additionally, being out of college for a number of years now and removed from the many experiences I had there (studying abroad, receiving multiple honors and awards, holding multiple leadership positions, volunteering extensively, traveling nationally and serving as a face/voice for the institution, doing research, maintaining work in operations and customer service, etc.) has depreciated my value. I don’t know if I bring enough to the table to negotiate. But do I try?
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