As a student entering the work force, it’s important to keep negotiation tactics in mind when considering your job offers. After all, business is business. And, while it’s certainly understandable to be over the moon because you’ve received a job offer, it’s important to keep those emotions on the inside. Often times, graduates jump on the first offer they receive after graduation without any sort of negotiation. This mistake leads to individuals being underpaid and not just for their starting salary - for their entire future. According to a research study released in 2010, researchers found that when you don’t negotiate your starting salary, you could lose significant monetary amounts over the course of your career. For example, neglecting to negotiate just $5,000 more could mean the loss of more than $600,000 over the course of a career!You’ve studied too hard for too long to let that happen! Here are some strategies to help ensure you’re prepared to properly handle your job search negotiations, as shared by GradHacker:It’s awkward to negotiate a salary for a job you’re not even sure you have. Try to ensure you only enter salary negotiations when you’re absolutely certain you’re the employer’s desired candidate. If there’s no way around it and you’re pressured to give a number earlier than you’d like, perhaps because you’re still on campus, avoid citing hard numbers. It’s more than acceptable to say something slightly vague such as, “If hired for the position, I would expect compensation comparable to others with the same job description.” You can discuss the specifics once you actually have the job offer.