The head of the department just called me and let me know that they have “decided to proceed with my candidacy,” and that HR will be contacting me this week to go over the offer. SO HAPPY AND RELIEVED I COULD CRY! I am no longer staring down imminent ruin! Plus I am enjoying the hell out of the work and I love the people I’m working with, which almost makes up for the commute being murder.

So. Does anyone have any advice or tips on negotiating salary? I’m also certain the offer is going to be a fair amount less than what I was making before, and I’m prepared for that (this is a full-time salaried position, and I was contract before, so hopefully it’ll generally even out). But I’d obviously like to get it as high as possible, and I’ve never actually done this before. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!