As Millenials, the economic forefront has been bad for much of our early adult lives. Many of us have struggled to find jobs in our fields. A few of us have even retreated to school to acquire a degree in hopes that it will get us to where we want to be. (I would be the second one.) The good news is, our diligence has paid off. Among our age group, we’ve closed the gender pay gap to 93 cents on the dollar. However, many women still wish they had more pay…and more importantly, deserve to be adequately compensated for their indispensable contributions. We know we deserve it, but how do we approach such a sensitive topic as pay?
1. Take a Personal Inventory.
Try to grasp as much of the big picture as you can. What are you doing to make yourself indispensable in your department and at your company? Performance is important but also, what are you doing to show that you are a vital part of woolrich Arctic Parka the company framework? Knowing what you have done and what you can continue to do grow in your position helps when you get ready to have the conversation with your uppers.
2. Be Realistic.
Find out what others in your position and at your level of experience are making. If you are feel comfortable with talking to coworkers in your space, find out what they started with and how their pay progressed over the years. Gauge your company performance. Did they just lay off half the work force last Monday? Probably not a good idea to ask for the big bucks. Don’t ask for a $10,000 increase after you’ve been working there for two months. But you are smart people, I trust you to do your research and make the best decisions.
3. Get Your Pitch Perfect.
Make sure you pick the right timing to make your request. Career coach Marie McIntyre suggests that one of the best times for you to have the conversation is after you’ve completed a big project. You’ve made them happy, so it’s optimal to ride the wave of your accomplishments while they are still top of mind. Make a foolproof case for yourself. Based on the information you gathered on your performance as well as through your dedicated research, you can confidently sell yourself as a valuable asset that is worth spending money on to keep.
So you heard a no…
Fortunately, it’s not the end of the world. Ask questions. Is there anything you can do to merit an increase? Is there a better time to request? Can you be promoted to a better woolrich Luxury Boulder job title or receive other benefits such as increased vacation time? It never hurts to ask, and as women, we have historically undersold ourselves simply because we were scared.
If you have any questions, leave us a comment or email and we’ll try to help in the best way we can. For the more tenured career ladies, please don’t hesitate to share any other insights in our comment section.
Credits: Nic McPhee