Give Yourself a Raise

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This is a brilliant tactic, and when your never-to-be co-workers see you in the reception area many years later, still smiling and waiting, they'll know why.

"Don't Forget to Negotiate the Perks" reminds you that it isn't only money you won't be getting if you don't negotiate aggressively: You'll also not be getting perks. You could ask for company cars and lavish expense accounts, but the best request is for time off. Ryan points out that "vacation time is easier for many employers to give out than money is."

I recommend you insist on two full days of vacation a year. Since your policy of not working on the job is like a vacation anyway, after two days at home doing chores, coming back to the office will be a welcome relief.

"Never bluff" is one strategy I recommend you ignore. The entire idea that you will be a committed and useful employee is a bluff, so why not also pretend you have a better-paying job in the wings?

If some twisted HR nerd calls your bluff, you have two choices: storm out in a rage or start crying. You'll turn on the waterworks, of course. In between the sobs and sniffles, bemoan your anguish at not being able to make the payments on your Porsche, the punishing cost of premium cable, and the sure demise of your hamster, Hammy, if you cannot afford to send him to the Mayo Clinic for the whisker transplant he so desperately needs.

Even the most coldhearted manager will eventually melt when faced with this litany of tragedies and let you stay, though they will probably make you take a substantial pay cut.

It may not be a raise, but it's something.


"Practice" is the key word once you are ready to start the negotiations. Ryan suggests you role-play the interview with a friend. Choose a friend you don't mind losing, since they will not only turn you down for the job but also decide never to hang out with you again.

Lastly, once you nail down the terms of your agreement, insist on getting all the details in "an employment letter."

If your future employer insists that you trust them, explain that you believe the company is evil and unscrupulous, which is why you are taking the job in the first place.

And just to keep everything friendly, get a signature in blood.


Bob Goldman was an advertising executive at a Fortune 500 company, but he finally wised up and opened Bob Goldman Financial Planning in Sausalito, California. He now works out of Bellingham, Washington. He offers a virtual shoulder to cry on at To find out more about Bob Goldman, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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