How do I negotiate a good salary if I’m unemployed?

Amazon ChivalryAF
Apr 30 9 Comments

Hi guys. I was pivoted out of Amazon last month (around March 12). I took the severance package and then took a short break to travel around the world.

I realize that being unemployed will set put me in a precarious position for salary negotiation and that I’ll get low balled. However, I’ve read several comments on blind from people that said they were also unemployed that managed to get good salaries by negotiating offers.

How does one pull this off? I feel incredibly dumb for not negotiating my end date with HR when I had the PIVOT option as I was emotionally in turmoil at the time but I was so tired of the place that I knew the PIVOT was coming and still did nothing.

Is all hope lost for my next job offer TC? Please help. I’ve been stressed out thinking about this.

Thank you.

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  • Apple / Eng xUEdsjT
    If you read around, negotiation is primarily getting multiple offers. If you're unemployed sure some companies will lowball you but the recipe is the same, leetcode, get offers, use those to negotiate with other companies.
    Apr 30 4
    • Amazon ChivalryAF
      OP
      But here is the thing that confuses me. Let’s say I get a lowball offer, and another lowball offer. Even if I negotiate both of them against each other, the ultimate result will be a lowball offer, is that right?
      Apr 30
    • Apple / Eng xUEdsjT
      Not necessarily. I don't see why they would lowball you if you perform well in the interview. It may not be a top band offer.
      Apr 30
    • Amazon ChivalryAF
      OP
      Thank you. How do I get top band? I know I won’t but just for learning purposes.
      Apr 30
    • Apple / Eng xUEdsjT
      I suppose getting offers from all the FAANG and putting them against each other could get you top band.
      Apr 30
  • New / Ops
    tooQ10

    New Ops

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    tooQ10more
    What's a pivot? I work for a foreign equivalent of Amazon and am wondering if we have something similar.
    Apr 30 2
    • Amazon ChivalryAF
      OP
      It’s where they put you in a probation period and if you don’t meet the requirements you are fired. Or you can leave on your own and you get money from them but are banned from amazon
      Apr 30
    • New / Ops
      tooQ10

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      Rakuten USA
      tooQ10more
      That sounds terrifying. I work for Rakuten, the Japanese equivalent of Amazon, and we don't fire people, but our KPI demands are insane, and our TC would make an American burger flipper laugh.
      Apr 30
  • Amazon @hq3
    Do well in your interview Nd you will be fine
    Apr 30 0

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