Once you have been offered a new job, you might assume the process is at an end. But is it really? Not all jobs are created equal, and the goal in getting a new job is (typically) to improve your situation. So job offers must be evaluated carefully to ensure that your goals, personal finance and otherwise, are being served.
The standard advice when interviewing for a new job is to avoid being the first person to put forward an exact number. Why? Because you risk low-balling yourself and losing any chance of getting the upper hand as you negotiate.
If your job search takes you into an industry where salaries aren’t posted, you can research job titles on sites like Indeed.com, Salary.com, and Glassdoor.com. You can network with your colleagues and friends in your industry to get an idea of what positions pay as well. As you research salaries, try to compare the job descriptions to ensure that you are in the right salary range given the responsibilities you would be taking on.
Of course, there is more to a job offer than salary. In fact, hiring managers may be more willing and able to negotiate the non-salary aspects of a job offer. As a result, you may experience more negotiation success by focusing your efforts on other things (assuming, of course, that the salary being offered is fair both in terms of industry standards and your own experience).