For those who don't know, I graduated with an MCRP in May and am actively seeking full-time planning work. In the meantime, I was able to snag an internship post-graduation, but that ended and so of course I'm back on the prowl while living with my parents.
I wanted to know if anyone could offer general salary negotiation tips, particularly for someone like me who's just starting out and only has internship experience. A couple of the jobs I've seen have salaries under $40k, and while I never expected to be wealthy as a planner, I do have lots of debt and would like at least a comfortable living. I don't think it's too much to ask for someone with a Master's degree to make enough money to live in a neighborhood where I won't be waking up to gunshots.
That being said, my primary concern is also the effect that low salaries for first jobs can have on my career over the long run - so how can I negotiate a slightly higher salary (should I receive a job offer for something under, say, $40k a year in a moderately priced city) without coming off like a young whippersnapper who expects to be executive director in 2 years? I don't want much, and I understand I have to pay my dues, but at the same time I gotta eat and if I wanted to live in a crappy $400 / month apartment in a bad neighborhood, I could've just dropped out of high school.