I’ve been unemployed for several years, what are some strategies for effectively negotiating salary during a job interview for a new position?
When negotiating salary during a job interview after being unemployed for several years, it is important to do your research and have a solid understanding of what to expect and what you can ask for. This includes researching the typical salary range for the position and industry. Additionally, it is important to highlight any relevant skills or experience you’ve gained during your time unemployed, such as volunteer work or self-study, that demonstrate your qualifications and value.
It is important to be confident and assertive during the negotiation, but also be willing to compromise and find a middle ground. Emphasize the long-term value you can bring to the company, rather than just your immediate qualifications. Being prepared to walk away from the negotiation if the salary offered is not in line with your expectations is also a good strategy.
It is also important to be honest about the reasons why you were unemployed and how you have been keeping yourself updated with new skills, knowledge and trends during that period. This will show the employer that you have been actively working on yourself and you are ready to hit the ground running once you get the job.