Bad Negotiating |

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
There should be a pact between people not to try to do this and respect one another.

The Top 10 Salary Negotiation Mistakes

Let me check something out with you.

If you send me a resume and said you made $150,000 and I called you up and we had a detailed interview and I said to you, “Great! Your background looks terrific!  Our client can only pay $130,000. Isn’t that great?”  You would be angry at me, right?  You be angry at me for wasting your time for expecting you. That you would do something that only a fool would do.  Take that big a haircut.  Yet, when people send their resume to me, and my advertising or my outrage or my communication with them, says, “This is the salary level. My client pays and we do the exact same thing in reverse, and you turn around and say, “Well, they should be paying $20,000 more,” after I’ve spent 20 freaking minutes with them, didn’t you read?  Did you see what I communicated?

Why do you waste my time?

This happens all the time. Job hunters think, and consultants. In particular, think that it is okay to go through this game but if you were reversed, “All, terrible, terrible.”

So, I just want to encourage you, be mindful of other people’s time.  Just because you’ve been treated badly in the past doesn’t give you permission to treat others badly.

It’s not like, “Okay, I got the bad experience.  Let me give it to someone else.”  Then they can give it to someone.  No, it is not supposed to work that way.

We all have a responsibility to put into it in our work.  You don’t get a pass because someone treated you badly. I don’t get a pass because someone treated me badly. I still conduct myself as I commit myself to do.  In a forthright and honest way.  Communicate best information wherever possible and saying, “I don’t know. Let me get back to you.”

I will do that all the time.  However, I am not going to waste someone’s time with the game like the one I started this podcast with.  Why do you?

I will simply say, that for many of you, you just don’t know that it’s the wrong thing to do.  As a matter of fact, for many of you (I have to say many because I just see how job hunters go about their business), you act as though the skills needed to find a job are not different than the ones needed to do a job.  Most of you are not capable of job hunting.  You find the job by accident.  You go through a lot of trial and error. You learn on the cuff.  You get lucky!  Someone hires you.  You think it’s skill. But, all the way through, you are being shelled through a process that takes you through to this conclusion.

How Can They Catch You Bluffing?


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2400 episodes.

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