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20 Cool Hostels In Europe For Every Traveler Who’s On A Budget

20 Cool Hostels In Europe For Every Traveler Who’s On A Budget

Hostels are no longer lousy, cheap temporary stays you’d love to escape as fast as you could, but trendy and stylish hubs, competing with each other in terms of creativity and extra free perks. Here’s a list of 20 affordable and cool hostels around Europe you may want to stay in for months!

Lavender Circus Hostel, Budapest, Hungary

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    This is a Vintage, apartment styled hostel, situated in a 19th century mansion at the very heart of Budapest. With a warm and cozy atmosphere with a touch of former imperial bliss, Lavender circus is a perfect place for couples seeking romance and privacy, yet are not ready to splurge.

    • Prices: double rooms from 14€ per person/night
    • Location: City center, close to Kálvin tér metro station
    • Facilities: free Wi-fi, 24/7 reception, free towels, linen and hairdryers, common area, outdoor terrace, kitchen facilities with free tea and coffee, laundry service
    • Attractions: opposite to Hungarian National Museum; within walking distance to Budapest Castle Hill, the Parliament House, Gresham Palace and spectacular Andrássy Avenue. 

    Prison Hostel, Karosta, Latvia

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      There once was a notorious military prison that no one ever managed to escape. It used to be even more protected than the US Alcazar! The building is said to be haunted, so good luck wandering around this place at night! Are you ready to spend a night at an authentic prison bunk or an iron bed, and to try to enjoy a typical prison meal? P.S. Visitors are bound to sign a release form acknowledging that they will be treated as a prisoner and verbally abused. Ah, and yes, expect to get punished with physical exercises for inappropriate behavior.

      • Price: 15€ per person/night.
      • Location: Karosta (Naval Port) is 5 km (2.5miles) from historical centre of Liepāj, located in central district.
      • Facilities: authentic prison hospitality.
      • Attractions: free historic tour around the prison and the museum is included into your stay. Other attarctions: a nearby grand fortress and the Karosta canal – main parts of the military complex of Karosta; Maritime Cathedral of St. Nikolay; Officers’ Palace.

      The Babushka Grand Hostel in Odessa, Ukraine

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        This quirky styled hostel is welcoming you with a wholehearted warmth of your grandma (babushka). All the rooms are decorated in rustic vintage style with chandeliers, floral wallpapers, gold gilded ceilings, red patterned rugs styled after the palace of an 18th century Odessa aristocrat. There’s even a fireplace available in the common area!

        • Prices: 7€ per dorm; 11€ per private room.
        • Location: at the city center, close to all the main attractions in Odessa. 15 min away from Arcadia neighborhood with best beaches and clubs.
        • Facilities: Air-con (Ukrainian summer can be super hot!); 24 hour reception/No lock-outs; laundry service; fully equipped kitchen with free tea and coffee; box spring mattresses and board games.
        • Attractions: close to vibrant Deribasivska Street (main city street) and gorgeous Odessa Opera Theater.

        Franz Ferdinand Hostel in Sarajevo, Bosnia

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          This is the one and only boutique hostel in Bosnia, Franz Ferdinand was designed and launched by a bunch of young architects and artists, telling you the story of assassination of the Austro-Hungarian Archduke – a mysterious event that initiated the First World War! Modern, quirky designed rooms with large pictures will leave you impressed, along with how little the price will seem for such an impeccable stay!

          • Prices: start from 9.90€ per bed in dorm; 15.90€ per private double.
          • Location: city center, Jelića Street, one turn from the main pedestrian street Ferhadija.
          • Facilities: reception 24/7; free wi-fi and computer access; free breakfasts and unlimited coffee and tea supply; TV, games and cool music in common area.
          • Attractions: a few minutes away from the old part of the town, famous Baščaršija and the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the opposite direction.

          Kadir’s Tree House, Olympos, Turkey

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            Did you love playing in a tree house when you were a kid? Or did you grew up in the city, envious of those TV kids who had one? Enjoy your siesta up in the branches with a terrific view of the National Park of Olympos and gorgeous beach waiting for you down your rope ladder at Kadir’s Tree House!

            • Prices: 12€ for a bed in a 6 beds dorm; 22€ per double private.
            • Location: at the heart of marvelous Olympos village.
            • Facilities: Air con, Wi-fi, hot showers 24/7, credit cards accepted, washing machine and laundry service, car parking, safety boxes, cool bar and resto.
            • Attractions: Olympos national park with famous Mt Olympos at the background; turquoise water and splendid golden sand beaches.

            Generator Hostel, Barcelona, Spain

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              Vivid, stylish and affordable Generator is a perfect place to stay in such a vibrant city as Barcelona. It seems like the designers team have pulled all of the color from the streets right into the rooms inside! Add up bright colorful lanterns everywhere, floors forged with ornate Hungarian tiles and a huge terrace with best views of the city. Fiesta never ends at this place!

              • Prices: dorms from 11.40€ per night; privates from 21.60€
              • Location: in the heart of the stylish Gracia neighborhood, 5 min walk to two main metro stations, Diagonal and Verdaguer.
              • Facilities: free wi-fi; inspiring events held nearly every week; laundry; 24/7 reception.
              • Attractions: loads of incredible Gaudi Houses at the same district, close to stunning La Sagrada Familia church; Las Ramblas street; Pablo Picaso museum.

              St Briavels Hostel, Gloucestershire, England

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                Nope, staying in a real 800-years old castle won’t ruin your budget! In fact, it’s one of the most affordable lodings located at this beautiful English country side. As it usually does, the castle is thought to be haunted and you’d definitely hear the story about a baby crying out in the night for a few times. All rooms are full of character with original stone walls and furniture features from the Victorian period.

                • Prices: beds from €24; privates from 74€ per night.
                • Location: City Center of St Briavels, Lydney, Gloucestershire.
                • Facilities: credit cards accepted; huge park, bike rental, library, free board games, self-catering kitchen, restaurant and conference hall.
                • Attractions: Explore atmospheric Clearwell Cave nearby; get lost at the Puzzlewood forest with numerous trails and rock formations inspired by Tolkien; go ape at the rope park nearby or get to know the local history at Dean Heritage Centre.

                Praakli Farm, Saaremaa, Estonia

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                  This cute eco-farm, located at the charming Saaremaa countryside, is a perfect place to unite with Mother Nature and taste rustic, organic food grown by the owners. Animal lovers will be thrilled to know there are 180 sheep and lambs on the farm, plus: goats, rabbits, chickens and cats to play with!

                  • Prices: bed&breakfast for 16-21€
                  • Location: Parish of Kärla, Saaremaa.
                  • Facilities: Playground for children, swings, trampoline, sandbox, pentaque; bike rentals. volleyball; basketball; open fireplace in common area.
                  • Attractions: gorgeous Lake Karujärv within walking distance where you can camp, swim and fish; 12km to the Baltic Sea coast with a nice sandy beach; Mihkli Farm Museum – 10 km away; Kuressaare castle – 23 km away. Vilsandi National Park – perfect spot for bird-watchers – 15 km away, Kaali meteorite craters – 25 km away.

                  Oops Hostel, Paris, France

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                    Incredibly chic boutique hostel situated at the beginning of the Latin Quarter – one of the most gorgeous and less-touristy districts in Paris. Bright, spacious dorms for 4 people and super friendly stuff to show you around and spill a few secret places where Parisians usually hang out. Even though Paris is a pretty pricey city to visit, you can still have awesome times here on a limited budget!

                    • Prices: from 27€ per dorm; 70€ per private.
                    • Location: at the beginning of Latin Quarter, close to Line 6 and Line 7 metro stops.
                    • Facilities: 24/7 reception, free breakfast, free Wi-fi, Air con, free luggage room and lockers.
                    • Attractions: within the walking distance is the glorious Sorbonne University, The Pantheon and Jardin des Plantes; direct metro lines to the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe; Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower (of course); Marais and Montmartre neighborhoods.

                    Dream Hostel, Tampere, Finland

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                      As a perfect example of simple, yet sophisticated Scandi design, Dream Hostel has been named #1 Hostel in Finland in 2013! Modern funky decor, warm hospitality of the local stuff and highly-reasonable prices, along with cozy rooms and central location makes this place so attractive.

                      • Prices: from 19.80€ for a bed in 16 mix dorm; privates from 62€ per night.
                      • Location: situated in the university neighborhood area Tulli5 minutes away from Tampere train station.
                      • Facilities: free Wi-fi, bed linen, luggage storage, lockers, tea and coffee, laid back company and excellent atmosphere. You can also borrow a book to read or an umbrella for the rainy day.
                      • Attractions: close to Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower; Tampere Cathedral; Lenin and Spy Museum.

                      The Independente Hostel, Lisbon, Portugal

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                        Arguably, Lisbon’s is the best city in Europe for budget travelers and the Independente hostel is a perfect place where you can get luxury service for a frugal wallet. Situated in a former Swiss Ambassador’s residence, the place was set up by three brothers as meeting point where travelers as well as locals can mingle together. The Independente design is a mix of modern details with original architectural features and cool vintage items with 11 comfy dorm rooms, 4 private suites and a rooftop terrace with awesome views of the city!

                        • Prices: from 10.92€ for dorm and 85€ per suit.
                        • Location: Set on the border of the Principe Real and Bairro Alto districts and a few minutes away from Rossio train station.
                        • Facilities: 24-hour front desk, Luggage storage, free Wi-fi, sun terrace, fax and photocopying,
                        • Attractions: across the road is the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint with marvelous views of Tagus river, the downtown Lisbon districts and the iconic St. George’s Castle. Close to Ascensor da Glória, one of this city’s oldest funicular route connecting hill-top Liberdade Avenue with historical Baixa district.

                        Plus Hostel, Florence, Italy

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                          Craving to have an awesome party at Florence? Check in at Plus Hostel with free outdoor pool, sauna and awesome terrace bar with epic fiestas till late. Now this may not be a particularly relaxing place, but definitely the one to meet new cool people from all over the world! The hostel offers stylish triple and doubles suites, along with 4,6,8 people mixed-dorms just 10 min away from Duomo Cathedral.

                          • Prices: from 24.96€ per dorm; 44.16€ per double room.
                          • Location: 10 minute stroll from the train station; close to the City Center.
                          • Facilities: free indoor and outdoor pool, sauna and Turkish bath (in winter), free wi-fi, Internet cafe, free linen, parking available, two bars and one restaurant.
                          • Attractions: a few blocks away from Duomo Cathedral, Piazzale Michelangelo, Uffizi Gallery and Piazza della Signoria.

                          Kex Hostel, Reykjavik, Iceland

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                            Once a Frón factory, producing Iceland’s favorite biscuits, the Mjólkurkex, today a nifty eco-hostel blending vintage industrial vibes with an eclectic, contemporary details. The furniture here is almost entirely recycled and second-handed, but you would have never guessed it if I haven’t spilled it to you. Hostel designer Halfdan Pedersen spent weeks at the auctions all around Europe and  even in the USA, bringing home authentic Amish church benches and Bauhaus lamps from Pittsburgh. Kex hostel quickly became a top meeting point both for locals and travelers, hanging out at the local resto or bar, serving craft beer. There’s also a barbershop for a quick trim, plus a gym called Box for sparring.

                            • Prices: from 20.54€ per dorm, €42.79 per double private.
                            • Location: in the center of Reykjavik, with a view across the sea to Mt. Esja across the bay.
                            • Facilities: 24 Hour reception and security; free Wi-fi, bike rentals and parking, free board games and book exchange, lockers and luggage storage, bar, gym and barbershop.
                            • Attractions: unusual Hallgrímskirkja church is a few blocks away. Get all the way up for amazing panoramic views of colorful Reykyavik down below; soak at funky Lagafellslaug in Mosfellsbaer pool and take a trip to Grotta Lighthouse.

                            Greg & Tom Beer House Hostel, Krakow, Poland

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                              Another excellent spot for party animals! The owners love to host themed parties at the attached pub – think all you-can-drink beer and vodka festivals, plus cheap pub crawls around peppy and sparkling Krakow. The local resto stays open till late for your well-after-midnight snack and quoting the staff: “Even the toilets are good enough to sleep in”.

                              • Prices: from 14.42€ per dorm.
                              • Location: 10 min from the Main Bus and the Train Station at Stare Misto district – the Oldest part of Krakow.
                              • Facilities: 24 hour reception, free Wi-fi, resto and bar, outdoor terrace, key card access, lockers, free printing and much more.
                              • Attractions: if you had your fair share of drinking adventures already, wander around the narrow lanes of the Old Historic City Center and take a walk to stunning Wawel Royal Castle and nearby cathedral.

                              The MadHouse Hostel, Prague, Czech Republic

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                                The sexiest and craziest hostel in Prague rated as “Best Hostel in the Czech Republic” and “6th Best Small Hostel Worldwide” by Hostelworld! As the owners proudly claim MadHouse is not just a place to sleep, but a home away from home, where you are treated as a family. All the rooms are covered with jazzy and bizarre graffiti made by artists from Montreal, Canada (Pito and Guko) and Dan from Melbourne, Australia.

                                • Prices: from €15.98 per dorm.
                                • Location: city Center, close to Národní třída Line B Metro station
                                • Facilities: free Wi-fi; huge common area and TV room; lockers, luggage storage, hot showers and free linen, self-service kitchen with free tea and coffee, cool events held on the weekends.
                                • Attractions: within the walking distance from Old Town Square and amazing Astronomical clock, close to Charles Bridge and Mala Strana historic district.

                                Soul Kitchen, St Petersburg, Russia

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                                  Selected as one of the top three hotels in Eastern Europe by Hostel Bookers, Soul Kitchen welcomes you with warm hugs even in chilly Russian winters. Located in 150-year old neo-baroc building, which is an attraction of it’s own as a few scenes from Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita” film were shot here. The owners managed to preserve original 19th century wood-fired oven, that is still in use today, along with original wooden and tile floors all over the property.

                                  • Prices: dorms from €10.34; privates from €15.75
                                  • Location: city center, in 2 min walk from Admiralteyskaya’ metro station.
                                  • Facilities: luggage room, free umbrellas for rent, kitchen facilities with free tea&coffee at any time, board games, music lounge, free wi-fi and guest computers.
                                  • Attractions: 2 min away from stunning St Isaac’s Cathedral and Kazan Cathedral in opposite directions. One block away from the Hermitage.

                                  Van Gogh Hostel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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                                  • Prices: dorms from €20; privates from €36.38
                                  • Location: at Museum Quarter, with three world famous museums at your doorstep and 10 minutes from the Centraal station by public transport.
                                  • Facilities: 24 hour reception, free wi-fi, free city walking tour, laundry service, late check-out, common area and kitchen facilities.
                                  • Attractions: within a short walk from the Leidse square, premier fashion street P.C.Hoofdstraat and fab Vondel Park.
                                  • Fair Hostel Belgrade, Serbia

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                                      This trendy, multifunctional space hostel with a great central location is a perfect place to stay for budget-savvy travelers on a mission to explore the best of Belgrade. An ample common area with bright bean bags and comfy sofas, along with nice modern dorms and lovely stuff are just a few reasons why you should consider staying at Fair Hostel.

                                      • Prices: dorms from 8€; privates 16€ per night for two.
                                      • Location: central, within 3 stops from Belgrade Bus and Train station or 20 min by foot.
                                      • Facilities: 24/reception, free linen, extra blankets and luggage storage, lockers, easy access by public transport.
                                      • Attractions:  located on the opposite from Belgrade Fair; Ada Ciganlija in just 5 minutes by public transport (Belgrade’s beach oasis), 10 minutes away from Knez Mihajlova (beautiful historic and shopping area), Skadarlija (the bohemian quarter and Kalemegdan (epic medieval fortress).

                                      The Red Boat Mälaren, Stockholm, Sweden

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                                        Red boat Mälaren is a lovely hostel aboard two charming boats, swaying at the waves of lake Mälaren at the very heart of Stockholm. The rooms may not be as spacious, yet they are cozy and well-organized with enough space for everyone. Now, would you like to fall asleep watching endless boats pass by your window?

                                        • Prices: €34.80 for 4-bed dorm; from €30.87 per privates.
                                        • Location: within a few minutes away from the Old City Center; 10 min by foot to the nearest metro station.
                                        • Facilities: 24/7 reception, credit cards accepted, free wi-fi, bike rentals and parking available.
                                        • Attractions: a few minutes away from trendy Södermalm neighborhood, within easy reach to The Royal Palace; The Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan (beautiful old city center).

                                        Sky Backpackers, Dublin, Ireland

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                                          Sky backpackers in a vibrant place where the world of music and travel collide. Located at the former recording studio, where The Cranberries, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Van Morrison and U2 once recorded their hits, the owners love to host plugged and unplugged gigs regularly in the common area. Stuff is fantastically friendly and will give you some awesome tips on how to spend time in Dublin on a shoestring budget.

                                          • Prices: from €26 for dorm and €42 for privates.
                                          • Location: Dublin city center, close to O’Connell Bridge.
                                          • Facilities: 24 hour reception, kitchen facilities, free Wi-Fi, board games and cable TV, adapters available, lockers and safe deposit boxes.
                                          • Attractions: a stone throw away from O’Connell Street, Temple Bar, Trinity College, Dublin Castle and the coolest Dublin pubs.

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                                          How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                                          How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

                                          After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

                                          But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

                                          Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

                                          Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

                                          Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

                                          Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

                                          The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

                                          1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

                                          Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

                                          With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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                                          Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

                                          Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

                                          For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

                                          Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

                                          It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

                                          2. Set your own boundaries

                                          Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

                                          Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

                                          Here are some important traits to consider:

                                          • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
                                          • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
                                          • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

                                          These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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                                          3. Continuously invest in yourself

                                          Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

                                          You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

                                          Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

                                          Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

                                          Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

                                          It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

                                          4. Document the value you bring

                                          Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

                                          To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

                                          A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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                                          Here are some ideas:

                                          • joesmith.com
                                          • joeasmith.com
                                          • joesmithprojects.com

                                          Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

                                          During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

                                          5. Hide your salary requirements

                                          Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

                                          But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

                                          The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

                                          Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

                                          6. Do just enough research

                                          Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

                                          Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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                                          Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

                                          Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

                                          7. Get compensated by your value

                                          Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

                                          Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

                                          Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

                                          You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

                                          The bottom line

                                          You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

                                          You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

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