Friday, March 30, 2007

Are you underpaid? 5 ways to get more value out of your job

I get that feeling everyday at work… that everyone is making more money than me. Do you get that feeling? Well, there is something you can do about it. Payscale.com has a nice article giving advice on how to get more money for doing what you do for a living.




    1. Do your homework. This includes researching the current market value for the position and carrying that knowledge with you into the talks. …

    2. Know your needs and wants. "You have a range in mind of what you'd really like. Otherwise, if you are out in left field-you are never going to be successful. …

    3. Learn a methodology for handling the questions, "What are you looking for?" and "What kind of salary do you want?" According to DeCarlo, the bottom line is, "I'm negotiable." If it's too soon to talk about money, she encourages applicants to change the discussion topic to job requirements or expectations. …

    4. Know your options and ask, ask, ask. Be familiar with possible perks and benefits, and ways to increase your salary; brainstorming and making lists can be useful here. …

    5. Always negotiate in person. "You can't read an expression, show a presentation, or have convincing reasons quite as well on the phone as you can when you engage them [employers] face-to-face…

How to Negotiate Salary: 5 Expert Tips

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