HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR WORTH BEFORE ASKING FOR A RAISE
" What salary you should ask for?? "
Salary discussion is a sticky topic. Every time when you go for an interview one question which makes you "MUMM" during the interview is when the interviewer asks you "WHAT SALARY ARE YOU EXPECTING ??". At that point of time your mind comes with a dilemma mode because if you open your mouth for a big expectation, then that will land you out of the office and if you ask for less then it might be seen as you are not so confident about your capabilities.
So what should be done in such a situation?
The best way to answer such a question is knowing your salary worth. So next time before going for an interview or get in for your appraisal meeting with HR, do a proper research work of knowing your salary worth.
Here's how you can figure out to get the salary that is just right for you:
ONLINE RESEARCH :
Like you do online research of things before you buy for your home in the same way, it is very important to do your homework of researching what worth of your salary should be. Now for doing research you don't have to go and ask the people of your industry about their salary as people are not so comfortable in telling their salary so the best option is there are various online portals which will give you a good idea of where your salary stands.
FACTOR IN EXPERIENCE :
Past experience makes a lot of difference in landing you to a perfect salary, if your experiences are relevant to the position you are applying for. Even if you are not doing job for some time span then you should do some part time work on your time off, so that it may not hamper your resume with a patch of the time gap. Always remembers "Nothing teaches us better other than our experiences".
FACTOR IN YOUR FLEXIBILITY :
Being flexible counts a lot for a bump in your salary. If you are able to relocate for a job or if you are ready to work in odd working hours, then all this will automatically attract your hiring manager towards you and your increment is must. The more you make up your mind for your job, the more flexible your salary will become.
FACTOR IN YOUR SOFT SKILLS :
Soft Skills count for a lot for a raise in your salary. The way you present,your communication skills, your team spirit,your confidence speaks a lot about your soft skills. A boss would love to give raise to an employee having all these qualities.Your never giving up attitude will land you a handsome salary.
Education will play a very crucial role in determining what worth of your salary should be. Your degrees decide your worth in your profession. Apart from your degrees if you are having any other certificates or achievements then you should always carry them for interviews because they play a crucial role in bargaining your salary more.
DISCUSS SALARY WITH OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR INDUSTRY :
Always discuss this matter with the people who are already indulged in this profession as they can give you a very good idea of what worth your salary will be. Mostly people are not comfortable in discussing their salary so you should never ask this question directly, instead you should ask them to give you advice about what salary they are worth for, trust me even if they will not tell you their salary they will definitely give you some valuable advices.
To know what salary you are worth for you should do a good research work, so that you get paid fairly for it & you're able to come to the table armed with the knowledge of what your job is worth.
Mona is a passionate writer and a voracious reader. Her experience has been across diverse industry segments - animation, VFX, education industry and management consulting. She loves travelling and photography.