Recruiting Roadmap: The Art of Negotiation

Aug. 9, 2023
With the market shifted toward employers, negotiating compensation has become a critical skill for employers and job seekers alike

This article originally appeared in the August 2023 issue of Security Business magazine. When sharing, don’t forget to mention Security Business magazine on LinkedIn and @SecBusinessMag on Twitter.

In the ever-evolving landscape of the security integration industry, it is no secret that the market dynamics have shifted towards companies, giving employers the upper hand…right? Maybe!

As a result of this change, compensation negotiation has become a critical skill for professionals looking to secure the best possible salary packages, as well as those looking to employ them.

Here are six tips to help employers – and job seekers – to navigate the intricacies of compensation negotiation in this new market.

1. Conduct a market analysis:

Before entering into any negotiation, it is imperative to conduct thorough research and market analysis. Job seekers should understand the current industry trends, average compensation packages, and key differentiators that make you a valuable asset to potential employers. By arming yourself with this knowledge, you can confidently discuss and negotiate from an informed standpoint, ensuring you receive what you deserve.

2. The lowball is a no ball:

In a company-driven market, it is crucial for candidates to identify and emphasize their unique value propositions – in other words, what sets them apart from other candidates. In any market, “A-players” are worthy. Low-balling candidates because of their situation is a bad look and will turn them off. Worse, if they accept your offer out of desperation, they will be tapped by other potential employers and will wind up leaving for a better offer in the near future. Look at the value they bring to the table. Keep it in mind and offer fairly during compensation negotiations.

3. Adopt a flexible mindset:

While it is essential for employers to have a clear understanding of their budget, it is equally crucial to approach compensation negotiations with a flexible mindset. Keep in mind that candidates still have options, as the job market is still plentiful and there are many alternative benefits. One example is flexible compensation structures, such as performance-based bonuses, additional finder’s fees, stock options, or flexible work arrangements. Being open to exploring these options can pave the way for a mutually beneficial agreement.

4. Demonstrate a long-term perspective:

During negotiations, it is crucial for employers to showcase their commitment to long-term success and growth within the organization. Highlight your willingness to invest time and effort into the candidate’s growth, and how your company can positively impact their career. By emphasizing your long-term commitment to their success, you demonstrate your dedication and potential for future advancement, strengthening your position at the negotiation table.

5. Consider seeking professional guidance:

If negotiations become complex or you feel overwhelmed, seeking the assistance of a professional can be a game-changer. Working with an experienced headhunter or compensation consultant can provide you with expert guidance, enabling you to navigate negotiations more effectively. These professionals can help you assess market conditions, benchmark compensation packages, and provide invaluable insights to secure the best possible outcome. Feel free to call me directly and I will help you negotiate any deal free of charge (I mean it)!

Ryan Joseph is an Executive Recruiter for Recruit Group (, with a focus on security industry operations, sales, and sales leadership. For help with your security recruiting efforts, contact her at [email protected] or call (954) 278-8286.

About the Author

Ryan Joseph

Ryan Joseph is the VP of Security and Public Safety Technology Recruiting at Recruit Group, specializing in operations, sales, and sales leadership from Entry Level to the C-Level. Mention this article and receive a free 30-minute hiring consultation. [email protected] - (954) 278-8286