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Use these savvy tricks to negotiate a better job offer

When Cathy texted her boyfriend to tell him that she had just accepted a job offer from a large Midtown law firm, he texted her back, “How much?” After she told him, he asked, “What was their first offer?” She answered with the same number. You took the first one? Joking, right?” he replied. It turns out that Cathy, who has asked that her last name be omitted for professional reasons, wasn’t kidding at all. “Stupid me. I probably could have gotten $5,000 or even $10,000 more,” says the attorney, who lives in Queens. Jobvite’s Job Seeker Nation study, released in May, revealed that only 29 percent of job seekers negotiated their salary for their current or most recent job offer. Other statistics suggest it’s even ...