Salary negotiations can be a tricky game to play. If you’re currently very happy in your job, but an offer finds its way into your lap (say, through a headhunter reaching out, or a previous employer trying to win you back with an offer you can’t refuse), should you leverage this offer to negotiate a higher salary?
The answer would really depend on your willingness to tarnish the relationship with your current organization, and your willingness to jump ship should a manager call your bluff. With those risks in mind, the end result could be positive and result in a healthy salary increase. Should you decide that leveraging an external opportunity is the route you want to take, here are some “Dos and Don’ts” to keep in mind when stepping into these kinds of negotiation talks.