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Can You Negotiate An Entry Level Salary in Canada?

Posted by Amy Zahran on Apr 6, 2017 3:01:00 AM

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Even though you may have heard that you need to negotiate for your salary in Canada, it is worth noting that it can be risky for entry level positions.  In fact, you should always be a little cautious of negotiating during the hiring phase as you could talk yourself out of a job.

The best way to decide if you should be negotiating or not is to take a good hard look at your skills and what you are bringing to the company.  Do you have a particular skill or set of past experiences that make you stand out in Canada?  If you don’t have this then you may need to think twice before you start to negotiate too heavily for the job you are applying for.


Think before you speak

If an offer is made, for the most part, entry level jobs are not really up for negotiation.  You may of course ask politely is there is room to negotiate on the salary.  If the answer is no, then you should drop it immediately.  It is entirely possible that the person conducting the interview is not allowed to make any increases to the salary that is offered to you.

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If you are unsure, do some research

You should look into what the average salary is for the profession that you are looking at. If you feel as though you will be underpaid then it certainly can’t hurt to try and negotiate for a higher salary.  You should of course, always be ready for a firm no.


There is more to it than money

You may be surprised to know that if an employer cannot offer more money, then there are other things that you can ask for.  You can ask for more paid holidays and even things along the lines of relocation reimbursement, tuition payments and other things that are in addition to your salary.  You should be careful not to ask for too much though.

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Be patient

If you get the sense that there is no point in even trying to negotiate for a salary increase for this entry level position, then you should really think about biding your time and waiting until you have proven yourself to the employer.  After you have demonstrated your value to the company you will be in a much stronger position to negotiate your salary

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