Professionals who don't negotiate their first salaries can lose more than $500,000 in income by age 60, according to Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, authors of Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide. Try these moves to land top dollar:
10. Go first. By putting a number on the table, you set an anchor that influences the final offer, says Adam Galinsky, a professor at the Columbia Business School.
Find out what's reasonable by talking to peers in your field -- including, ideally, someone who works at your target company -- and check salary data sites like Glassdoor.com and PayScale.com.
11. Aim high. Negotiators who focus on their best-case outcome make more aggressive first offers, says Galinsky, and ultimately reach more profitable agreements than those who focus on the minimum they'd be satisfied with.
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