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Getting into college is hard. Balancing a social life and schoolwork is hard. Graduating is hard. Finding a job is hard. Oh yeah, life is hard.

There seems to be a common way to help with these struggles and that is the act of commiserating. Actually, commiserating holds too negative of connotations. Let’s instead name it a shared discussion filled with complaints and confusion. You know what this discussion sounds like? In high school, you clung on to old friends for dear life grumbling about application essays and scholarships. In college, you took a swig of whatever discount vodka you could find while comparing grades and wondering what awaited you after graduation. It may seem that every other 20-something has a steady job and budding career, but that is not reality.

Many are navigating the murky waters of searching for a job. There seems to be a set list of rules to be followed when dealing with job searching, but varying opinions from professionals and unsolicited Facebook advice from distant family members makes following these rules difficult.

Let’s focus on one rule: negotiating a job salary.

This subject stemmed an interest of mine because two of my friends, after accepting a job offer, had their offers revoked. An offer revoked? Can that really happen? How could I avoid this in my own life? The differences between the two people in question were immense. One had ten years of experience in her field and the other had just graduated college. One felt she deserved a slightly higher salary based on the average in her city and her experience in the field. The young graduate felt he deserved a higher salary because the offer was extremely lower than the industry average, and he felt he would be happier in his role if he was properly compensated for it. Listen – they followed all the rules. They sent extremely professional and thorough emails remembering to remain grateful and thank the interviewer. They responded in a more than timely manner. They communicated how excited they were about the opportunity, and opened up a dialogue to discuss the terms. Both companies denied their requests for a negotiated salary and offered the initial amount. Both of my friends accepted.

Less than a week later, they were told there were too many “red flags” and that the offer had been revoked at this time.

For proof on how confusing this can be (see mom and dad?!) I found an article citing 37 tips you “must” know about negotiating salary. 37 tips? I have less pairs of socks than that. But does asking for a raise or negotiating salary require prior planning? I recently met someone who hosts a daily challenge for his friends. He simply draws a card from a deck of challenges and sends the challenge in a group message to be accomplished by the recipients. One of the challenges was, “if you don’t have a job, ask for one and if you have a job, ask for a raise”. Two of his friends received a raise at their place of work just by asking their boss completely off the cuff. Of course this question depends on many factors like if you have a family dependent on your steady paycheck, how long you’ve worked at the company, and your relationship with your boss.

Let’s keep it simple. This decision comes down to two key factors: how much of an indispensable value you hold to the company and how great of work you do. I would argue, however, that most people feel they provide a great value to their work and that they are great at what they do.

I would suggest the moral of this story is to go out and build your own career on your terms. Assess your worth, go for what you want, and be realistic. Sure there is a list of set rules, but BuzzFeed proves there is a list for everything. It would be exhausting to follow it all correctly. Go out into the world and commiserate with your friends and peers. One day, when you do land that dream job, it will be called networking.


Author: Shantel Wolfe
Bio: Shantel is a content creator residing in Columbus, Ohio. She is guilty of using Instagram stories to post pictures of food and is almost always listening to a podcast. Her skills and interests include writing copy for various mediums, photography, recipe testing, and cultivating relationships with far more inspiring women.

Follow her on Instagram @thewolfeherself and her website





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