Salary negotiation letter tips and samples
You got a great job offer. You always wanted to have this job, don’t you? But there is a little problem… The salary offer is not that great at all. In cases like this one, an appropriately composed letter can help you to negotiate a better salary.
But how to compose such a letter? To whom should you address it? And what should be inside? Do not be afraid, we will answer all your questions!
Main parts on an excellent letter
Part nr. 1: Thank you for your offer
In the beginning of your writing, you should thank the employer for offering you a job. You should also stress how happy you are to get a chance to work for them. It can look like this:
First part of the letter sample
Dear Mr. Xxx,
I am really pleased to receive a job offer of (name of the position) from your company. You, as well as the philosophy and vision of your company made a deep impression on me. I thought about it for a while and believe that I can utilize my skills and contribute to the prosperity of your company and in that way be useful for the entire society. Your offer is very good, except of few details.
Part 2: Stating what you would like to change and giving a reason
Once you paid some compliments and showed extra motivation to do the job, it is time to come to the point. Mention what you would like to change and try to explain the reason for it. Let’s have a look at the sample:
Second part of your salary negotiating letter sample
The offered basic annual salary $50,000. Based on information from (an online source), the average salary in this job field is above $60,000. I believe such a salary is more corresponding with the experience and knowledge I am able to bring into your team. It is also good to mention that I have made that much in my previous job. Salary is not my primary factor of motivation, of course. But there are also other offers, where employers offer me $60,000, or even more. However, I really would like to choose your offer, because of the duties and an added value I can bring to your team. Please, consider $60,000 as my basic annual salary.
Part 3: Confirming your interest and closing the letter
At the end of your letter, it is important to leave the doors open for further negotiations. Tell the employer that you are open for discussion. Stress your intentions to deal with the problem quickly and start your job asap. Check the example below:
Final part of the letter
The position of (name of the position) is really a place where I can imagine myself doing well. I believe that both goals of your company and my personal goals can be achieved if I have this role. Please, let me know what you think about my suggestion. I am open for any discussions and looking forward to start the job in your company as soon as possible.
(Your name and contact details)
It is quite simple to write a salary negotiation letter. Just do not forget to address it to the right person – the person that gave you an offer. If your reasons are realistic, you should be able to get what you deserve. We wish you good luck!
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