WIGGLE ROOM - Robert Half Survey Finds Executives More Open to Salary Negotiation

TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Job seekers who want potential employers to "show them the money" may be in luck, a new Robert Half survey suggests. More than one-third (38 per cent) of executives interviewed said they are more willing to negotiate salary with top candidates than they were one year ago. Just 5 per cent of respondents said they are less willing to negotiate.

The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,600 chief financial officers (CFOs) from a stratified random sample of U.S. and Canadian companies with 20 or more employees.

CFOs were asked, "Compared to 12 months ago, are you more willing or less willing to negotiate salary with top job candidates?" Their responses:

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          Much more willing..........  11%
          Somewhat more willing......  27%
          No change..................  54%
          Somewhat less willing......   4%
          Much less willing..........   1%
          Doesn't apply/not hiring...   3%
                                      ----
                                      100%
    >>

"Job seekers, especially those with skills in high demand, are gaining leverage in salary discussions today," said Max Messmer, Chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of Job Hunting For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). "Still, there are many things that can go wrong when negotiating pay, and candidates should approach these discussions with a clear understanding of how far they should take the conversation."

Robert Half offers seven tips for successful salary negotiations:

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    1.  Do a reality check. Is the firm in a position to bargain? Find out
        before attempting any salary negotiation. If you've been offered a
        job at a newly formed startup, or a company that recently announced
        layoffs or weak financial results, your leverage may be limited.

    2.  Get your figures right. Don't enter negotiations without doing your
        homework. Research the latest salary trends for your city, industry
        and job title by reviewing compensation surveys and publications such
        as Robert Half's 2012 Salary Guides and talking to colleagues and
        recruiters.

    3.  Don't jump the gun. Wait for the hiring manager to bring up salary in
        the discussion, and make sure you fully understand the requirements
        of the position before answering questions about your desired pay.
        Ask prospective employers what they think would be an appropriate
        range for the position so you can avoid giving a range that is too
        high or low.

    4.  Go for your goal. If offered a salary figure that doesn't meet your
        expectations, it's OK to request additional compensation. Employers
        may start at the lower end of their salary range, leaving room to
        negotiate.

    5.  Don't bluff. It's never a good move to mislead a prospective employer
        about your current compensation or other higher-paying job offers in
        an effort to get more money. Instead, reiterate the value you can
        bring to the firm, and be honest about your desired salary.

    6.  Think beyond the paycheck. Be sure to look at the full picture when
        evaluating a job offer. A generous benefits package or opportunities
        to learn and grow with the company may compensate for a lower
        starting salary, for example.

    7.  End on a high note. If negotiations aren't successful and you decide
        to walk away from an offer, remember to do so gracefully. You never
        know when you might cross paths with the hiring manager again.
    >>

To highlight some of the most common salary negotiation mistakes, including those made by professionals seeking raises, Robert Half recently released several light-hearted videos. The videos are part of the company's ongoing career bloopers video series, Don't Let This Happen to You, and can be found at www.roberthalf.com/bloopers.

About Robert Half International

Founded in 1948, Robert Half International, the world's first and largest specialized staffing firm, is a recognized leader in professional staffing services. The company's specialized staffing divisions include Accountemps, Robert Half Finance & Accounting and Robert Half Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam, for highly skilled office and administrative support professionals; Robert Half Technology, for project and full-time technology professionals; Robert Half Legal, for project and full-time staffing of lawyers, paralegals and legal support personnel; and The Creative Group, for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals. Robert Half International has staffing operations in more than 350 locations worldwide. Find more information at www.roberthalf.ca, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/RobertHalf_CAN.

SOURCE Robert Half Canada

For further information: Nadia Santoli, (416) 350-2330, nadia.santoli@rhi.com


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