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Discussion on: The Basics of Salary Negotiation

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Ryan Latta Author

Great question.

When I mentor devs who are after their first job, I advise not negotiating. Here's Why:

It's hard to get that first job.

There are so many things to get right that adding the stress of negotiating, which is very intense, is too much to ask. The stress of getting through the tech interviews and all of that is crazy. I recommend focusing on getting through the interview as the priority. Negotiate when you can handle the extra stress.

Now, we all have different appetites for these things, so if you want to negotiate for the first job do it. Remember, be willing to walk away. If you can be in that space mentally you are in the right frame of mind to have that discussion.