3OYS: Strategy for talking salary

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Talking "salary" when it comes to landing a new job can be uncomfortable and maybe even stressful for some job seekers.

However, experts say how much money you will make should be one of your top priorities when searching for a job.

Former headhunter Shanna Landolt said some people who are looking for jobs can be a little shy when it comes to talking about their salary.

"You want to say something that's typically $3,000 to $10,000 more than what you are currently making," she advised.

For those who aren't comfortable with that advice, Landolt suggests saying, "My salary falls within the bracket that is typical for this role and I would seriously entertain your best competitive offer."

One other tip Landolt offered is to rehearse with a friend how you're going to handle the salary talk. This helps make the actual conversation less stressful.

"In essence, your range is not a secret," Landolt said. "The questions is, where are you within that range?"