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10 Things HR People Won’t Tell You About Salaries and Raises

By | Ian Landau | Sarah Madaus |

If you’re negotiating for more money—either with a potential employer or your current boss—keep these expert tips in mind.

From handling staffing needs, administering benefits, and determining salaries, human resources holds a ton of power in the workplace. Money can be an uncomfortable topic to speak about openly and many people make mistakes when trying to have these awkward conversations. Human resource employees have seen it all, but it’s important to remember that despite their best intentions, they are working to do what’s best for the company, not for you. Here’s what human resource experts had to say about talking money with the people who pay you. Also, check out these mistakes women commonly make when asking for a raise.

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Don’t trust salary websites

“There’s one website that drives all HR people crazy: It supposedly lists average salaries for different industries, but if you look up any job, the salary it gives you always seems to be $10,000 to $20,000 higher than it actually is. That just makes people mad.” —HR director at a public relations agency

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