12 Dos and Don'ts for Negotiating Salary in a Tough Economy

Don't Leave Money on the Table Just Because Times Are Tough

Do your research

Do research salaries for positions comparable to yours before you attend an interview or review. Know what the high, median, and low salaries are for someone with your skills, experience, and education.

Don't assume that salary and/or benefits aren't negotiable in this type of economy. Most organizations -- about 80 percent, in fact -- expect negotiations and leave themselves some wiggle room.