How do you set yourself up for a raise? We’ve compiled a couple of suggestions for you. The infamous gender wage gap isn’t gonna stop you. Although some of our jobs vary drastically, these could be some helpful “foods-for-thought” while you sip over your creamy latte and think about your future. Don’t we all? Outside of the comfy and alcohol-driven college side of life you find: WORK. It’s a little bit harder than studying for that exam with an empty bottle of Adderall. It’s what us millennials like to call, “Adulting”. But the best part about adulting is, that you get PAID. How do you #slay and get #paid more at the same time? See what you can do:
- Push yourself out of your comfort zone: It’s said that some woman are too quick to assume that they can’t handle more responsibility, and/or are afraid to give it a shot. Higher pay means higher responsibility, but don’t cheat yourself into thinking you can’t do it. Its all part of the journey mahn. Take the higher role. Don’t be afraid of failure. Go for it.
- Network with the right people: Networking is more than just your LinkedIn profile. Build relationships within your industry that serve a purpose. If you work on relationships with your boss other than your co-workers, it’s more likely down the road other opportunities will open themselves more easily by having the right connections.
- List out your accomplishments weekly: If you stay on top of this, it will benefit so many aspects of your career future. This will help making a resume down the road a lot easier. This will also give you powerful ammo when it comes to proving your promotion or getting a raise. No accomplishments that week? Get familiar with yourself with this down-to-earth easy read.
- Talk about your future: The famous interview question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”, is actually a really important one! If you’re going to get a raise you not only need to have the back-up of what you have already done, but you need to be able to tell someone what you plan to contribute. Don’t have a plan? Work on yourself and find that empowerment with this oh-so lovely workbook.
- Be ready to take a risk: It can make you feel vulnerable by putting your character on the line of your employer. Timing is key and use your instincts to know whether there is an opportunity. If they say no, then work with your upper management to see what performance metrics you could improve on. Or simply move elsewhere. No one deserves to be in a job they hate. You can strengthen your courage to do so, it only takes 5 seconds. Whatever the outcome, it will be a learning experience! As career coach Ada James says, “You can be really strong and vulnerable at the same time. That’s what bravery is”.