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How Will Your Job Change After You Negotiate Your Salary

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So you successfully negotiated your salary–now what? Did the raise come with a job change or promotion? Do you have all the same tasks or have stricter deadlines? Are you a manager or employee with authority now? Do your co-workers know you are making more money than they are now?

Here’s a look at what happens after you negotiate your salary and some tips on making it a good transition.

1. Your responsibilities will increase.

If your salary increase also came with a new job title, that’s more of a promotion than a salary negotiation. If you didn’t get something in writing, make sure you get a letter or e-mail from your boss with the details of the new role outlining what they expect from you. Most importantly, make sure you know when your job changes–whether it’s immediately, or at the start of the next quarter.

If you negotiated your salary but still have the same job, your responsibilities still might increase if your boss expects more out of you now. Since you stepped up and showed your worth, you’ll have to prove you were right about deserving more pay.

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2. Your boss will have more respect for you.

Salary negotiations are always tough and nerve wrecking, but when you have a successful one, it sends at least two positive messages to your boss. The first one being that you have plans to stick around at the company for a while, which is good sign to any leader. The second is that you’re someone who does their homework and if you got the salary you wanted, your boss will likely respect that you came to the negotiation with a solid defense case.

As you go back to work post-negotiation, you might find your boss trusting you more or asking for your input on bigger decisions. Moreover, after they’ve seen the kind of confidence you have and how you view your work performance at the company, they will likely have a greater respect for you.

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3. Your co-workers might get jealous.

You should never be ashamed about negotiating a higher salary than your co-workers–just because they didn’t ask doesn’t mean you can’t. But if you’re now making more than they are for the same job, don’t be surprised if they find out and aren’t too happy about it.

If your co-workers confront you about it, or you constantly hear them gossiping, try talking to them about the situation and suggesting they consider negotiating their salary if they think they should be paid the same amount. You can tell them how you determined your worth to help get your raise, and maybe they’ll be thankful you did so.

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4. You might be seen as an authority figure by co-workers.

You used to be on the same level with the same pay as your co-workers, but when you walk out of your salary negotiation with a higher salary or a new title, they will likely view you differently.

Sure, they might have to report to you now or view you as their boss, but that doesn’t mean you have to treat them as if they are beneath you now. Remember: you were just in their position, so treat them the way you liked being treated by your manager.

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5. You’re not done negotiating.

Lastly, after a salary negotiation, it’s important to know that it likely wasn’t the last. While it’s great that you already have one successful negotiation under your belt, that doesn’t mean that later down the road you won’t need to ask for a new salary again.

Your job might become harder if you end up taking on new responsibilities, or you might find yourself with a promotion next year. A lot can happen in the next year or two, so it’s always important to know that you’re being paid fair for the amount of work you’re doing.


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