Talking about money is always tricky, especially when it comes to asking for a pay rise. But with a little preparation, you can increase your chances of getting the salary you deserve.
Here are some tips on how to maximise your earning potential:
Ask for what you want
The first (and most important step) is simply to ask for what you want. If you’re asking for a raise in your current position, be honest with your employer about your expectations. Schedule a meeting with your line manager to discuss your salary, and what you want from your career moving forwards.
If you’re interviewing for a new role, then make sure you’re upfront during the interview process, and bring up the salary expectations early on (whether with your recruiter or the company directly). This will make negotiating a new job offer a far smoother process.
Set targets with your employer
If your employer says no to your initial salary request, don’t give up just yet. Ask what you need to do to achieve the salary you want. Come up with a 1, 3, or 6-month plan with clearly defined targets that will warrant you the pay rise you’re looking for, once you achieve them. This will show your employer that you are willing to put in the work to earn that higher salary.
Keep a log
Keeping a log of your achievements and highlights will give you leverage when it comes to salary negotiations. Make a note of where you’ve gone the extra mile, what you’ve helped implement or improve, and what cost savings you’ve helped make. This way, you’ll have concrete examples of your worth to the company.
Research the market
Do your research and find out what similar positions with similar experience are paying in your industry. Use this information to provide evidence of your worth and the market rate for your role. This will help you negotiate a salary that is competitive and fair.
Consider getting relevant qualifications to boost your earning potential. Check if your company is willing to pay for any courses or qualifications that will help you in your role. Alternatively, there are many free courses available online that can help you upskill and increase your value in the job market.
Don’t let the fear of negotiations hold you back from getting the salary you deserve. By implementing these strategies, you’ll not only increase your chances of success but also build your confidence in salary negotiations. Remember, negotiating your salary is key to helping you develop your career, and it’s crucial to advocate for your worth.
If your salary negotiations have hit a stumbling block, Mexa Solutions can help you find the perfect opportunity. Contact us today on 020 3642 0454 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how we can help you achieve your professional goals.