Dear E. Jean: I’m an architect and have been doing the job as an impartial contractor at a organization for about 7 months. I love the spot, and my boss has confident me that I will acquire a total-time offer you at the finish of subsequent quarter. In the meantime, I want to be geared up for negotiations. I’m really limited with my colleagues, so can I question what their salaries are? —Snoopy Negotiator

Miss Snoop, My Snap Bean: The experience of horror and amazement that gripped me as I study the final line of your letter—please explain to me, Overlook Snoop, am I way too late? Have you built yourself entirely disliked at your firm? Or is there still time to convince you to merely appear at your possess contractor paycheck? That is the finest predictor of what you will be acquiring as a entire-time staff.

You can also examine, PayScale .com, and or request previous personnel of the corporation. But your coworkers? No! Never ever! It is the really issue that will generate you so substantially distrust from the brass that the work provide could be withdrawn.

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