My husband and I were watching the Georgia Bulldogs take on Alabama in the NCAA College Football Championships, when my phone dinged.
I quickly read the text message from my good friend Jessica, who works as a social worker for a $5 million nonprofit in a mid-size city. She was seeking advice about renegotiating her salary, and I am always happy to offer advice!
Like many professionals in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors, she only negotiates salary every few years. For this reason, she doesn’t have much experience negotiating salary, is rusty from the last negotiation, and isn’t always comfortable advocating for herself.
About two weeks later, she negotiated a new salary that satisfied her financially and emotionally, and our text and email exchanges might be useful advice for readers in negotiating their own salaries.
Obviously, I have changed my friend’s name, as well as her city and organization.