When an employer extends an offer to you, they often expect you to negotiate. Be sure you are prepared for this important step in the job search process. Here are 5 great tools to help you prepare for salary negotiation, and if you're still looking for a job, these tools can help you with that too.

  • Chronicle
    If you are interested in working in the education industry, Chronicle Data is a good resource for faculty salaries, staff salaries, and adjunct salaries at colleges throughout the United States.You are able to search by a specific college, state, sector, or Carnegie classification.

  • Salary Expert
    At Salary Expert, you can search for data for over 40,000 different positions, over 9,000 different locations worldwide, and 1,100 different industries. You are able to compare salary potential and cost of living data between the city where you currently live and the city where you want to live.

  • Robert Half
    From Robert Half's workplace website, you can download salary guides that provide comprehensive data on average starting salaries. Plus, you can learn about hiring trends, what skills are in demand, and what and where the hot jobs are.

  • JobStar
    Job Star Central is a good resource for research on salary issues like minimum wages, employers' plans for future pay raises, women's earnings, and more. Also, Learn about hiring trends, what skills are in demand, and what and where the hot jobs are.

Get more information and learn how to navigate several of these sites in the webinar, "Cool Tools & Resources for Salary Negotiation Preparation," presented by Trident's Center for Career Planning and Workforce Strategies.