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Hey ChatGPT, Can You Help Me Negotiate My Salary?

Academics are growing apprehensive about student reliance on ChatGPT. Despite concerns over its impact on higher education, ChatGPT has the potential to be a useful learning resource for students and the general public seeking accurate information. People often turn to ChatGPT for information and advice on various topics, including salary negotiation. As a senior lecturer and distinguished teaching fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, I often teach salary negotiation preparation and strategy. Understanding the salary negotiation process can have a positive impact on both the employer and employee, promoting clear communication, setting realistic expectations, and creating mutually beneficial agreements. For employers, this understanding can lead to attracting and retaining top talent, reducing turnover, and promoting a positive company culture. For employees, it can help them communicate their value, gather market data to support their salary or benefits requests, and make informed career decisions. The article evaluates ChatGPT’s effectiveness in helping users learn how to negotiate their salary and outlines best practices for using ChatGPT as a guide or study aid.