While salary negotiations are a very uncomfortable task for most people, it is inevitable that all of us have to do it. So we either have to learn to become good at it, or fail and be doomed at a job that doesn't pay you what you are truly worth.
That can in turn cause resentment to your employer and as a result diminish your performance, acting as a chain reaction until you eventually decide to quit and start the process all over again.
It's therefore important to not only know your worth, but know how to negotiate to get what you're worth.
For most us, the thought of bargaining over money is an awkward and painful affair, something we try to get over with as quickly as possible like a root canal or watching a slideshow of our in-laws’ vacation. But if we skip a few minutes of haggling, we can leave some serious cash on the table and, more importantly, short-change our true value as creatives. One study found that negotiating a raise of $5,000 for your first salary can result in more than $600,000 in additional lifetime earnings.