Visit the places you have always dreamt of, drive the car that makes your heart beat faster, give your wife the gifts she deserves. If this does not sound like reality, then you may consider landing a better-paid job.
Getting paid more does not always imply going back to the college or acquiring a new skill, sometimes it is about remarketing yourself and just aiming higher. Read on to learn:
- how to make the most of your current job;
- how to negotiate for a high salary when applying for a new position;
- what skills are best to pay off, and more.
Grow within your company
If you already have the job you are happy with, the first thing that is worth doing to increase your income is talking to your supervisor. Set up a meeting to discuss what options you have. There are several strategies you can use.
- Take more responsibilities. You can ask what extra tasks you can take to have your salary reviewed and increased, or you can be more proactive and propose what responsibilities can be added to your list so you can expect a considerable shift in the income.
- Describe what you have already accomplished. Think of the examples when you have added value to the company in your current position, maybe there are things that have considerably improved thanks to you, or you could have saved the companies money. Make the examples as tangible as possible, and then propose considering a salary increase.
- Check out if there are high-paid positions in the company you can move ito. You can reach out to your HR-manager and have an open and honest conversation with them, telling about your ambitions. Ask if there are any job openings within the company that would be a good fit for you.
To come up with a realistic figure of the salary you want to get, refer to the sites like Salary.com or PayScale. This will help you find out the market rate for your intended role. If you give your manager a precise number you are more likely to get a conciliatory counteroffer. For example, instead of saying you want $50,000 ask for $52,500.
Research the market and negotiate for a high-paying job
If you seem to have reached the salary ceiling in the company you are working for now, spend time and make research to find the high-paying vacancies on the market.
Bear in mind that the best job offers are not on the open market. There are more chances to get a good job offer with the help of referrals. Talk to people within your professional network. If you are interested in the position in a particular company there are more chances to get it by connecting to someone working there at LinkedIn.com. Just send them a message to start the conversation and lead it to the point when you could be referred.
When applying for a job, remember you represent your personal brand. The moment you submit your resume to the employer it becomes your No 1 marketing tool:
- Try to communicate the real value of your skills for the company that will distinguish you from the rest of the competition.
- Put examples of the real tangible value you can bring. Why you are the perfect candidate for the position.
- Do not make the resume generic. Revamp your resume for every position you apply.
Get the skills to distinguish yourself from others
Suppose the above options didn’t work, then you can upskill by learning something valuable and practical. Below are the examples of the steps you can take to get a high-paying job:
- Learn a technical skill that is high on demand. It can be Gatsby.js (a web development framework tool used to build static sites) or an AWS Big Data (a course designed by Amazon Web Services to learn how to manage big data workloads). You can check out the full list of hottest tech skills that can pay off in the 2020 Workplace Learning Trends Report.
- Develop your leadership skills. Companies are more likely to hire people who demonstrate not only strong hard skills but also the ability to lead others. If you want to land that high-paying job, it’s important to work on your leadership skills. You can take a class to beef up your communication skills or learn from online resources.
- Become an expert in your sphere. You can go deeper in your field by taking additional training, starting an expert blog, and taking out-of-the-box tasks on a regular basis.
To progress faster consider hiring a mentor to inspire, motivate and evaluate your success.