The art of getting a promotion

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I’m sure you won’t be surprised by this revelation.

Men are four times more likely than women to ask for a raise—and when women do ask, we typically request 30% less than men do, says Carnegie Mellon University economics professor Linda Babcock, co-author of Women Don’t Ask. 

Doing a great job is arguably pretty easy. Getting paid for what you deserve, a whole different ballgame. Asking for a promotion or even negotiating a salary can be daunting and demoralising when you are rejected. How can you master the art of asking and getting a promotion? It certainly takes time, guts, tenacity and luck amongst other things, but here’s a few starters…

Be ballsy and ask! 

If you don’t ask, you don’t get, right?! The worst thing your boss can say is no. You might be surprised to find that you do in fact receive a promotion and pay rise.

Do your research

By taking the time to do in-depth research on average salaries for your job, which will vary based on sector, location and seniority. Linkedin and Glassdoor are great places to start but ask around and pull insight from key family and friends who work in your industry, look a the average salary advertised and industry specific state of the workplace reports/surveys. Arming yourself with this information and evidence puts you at an advantage to fight your corner. Always try and earn the same if not more than what you’re earning now.

Start a brag sheet

As women we’re not nearly as assertive in the workplace as we should. As soon as you start a job, start a brag sheet which is essentially a list of your headline achievements at work. Think about ways you’ve implemented a new system which has streamlined the business, achieved an increase in sales or on-boarded new clients, or perhaps you’ve provided stellar customer service. Having these to hand at your promotion discussion will help provide logical reasons why you deserve a pay increase.

Add value to your company

Make yourself valuable to your employee by increasing your company’s value. Firstly raise the bar. Take pride in how you work and how you present yourself and set the standards high, never let it drop. Have a positive attitude, good vibes and love your job, even if you don’t, as it will show. Work hard and achieve your goals, never letting anyone or anything stand in your way and remember, if you can’t get in through the front door, try a window or the back door! Don’t just solve the problems you need to but think outside the box. How you can solve HR issues or wider business challenges? Suggest, or start implementing, solutions to help.

Earn your stripes

If only you could stroll into your new job and instantly receive a 10K bonus right? It’s important to show your worth and work hard at everything, trying new things and going above and beyond to achieve. You shouldn’t just focus on your immediate job description, but think ahead – where you want to be in 5 years’ time? With the right positive attitude, work ethic and eagerness to run with tasks that are beyond your job description, you’ll be noticed and rewarded in no time.

Make yourself indispensable

You don’t have to stay till 8pm to be indispensable. Be proactive, organised, and efficient. Seek to take on extra jobs, responsibilities, and ways of doing this better or more streamlined, and muck in, whether it’s making the tea or jumping in last minute to help with a presentation or pitch, can make a massive difference, helping you to move up the ranks.

Here’s hoping you pluck up the courage to seek the promotion and pay you truly deserve, don’t ever undersell yourself!

Love Career Girl xo

Redundancy Warning Signs

pexels-photo-346740It’s been over two years since I was made redundant. A lot has changed since then and I’m now working in a sector which I absolutely love. At the time however, it was not a pleasant period. I was at my lowest, already feeling miserable as I was constantly failing my driving test. My gut was telling me at the time that something wasn’t right, but I kept convincing myself of other things. I remember it was a normal working day when I was told in the morning that I was to be made redundant and it’s a strange mix of emotions.

Hearing those words, I just couldn’t face carrying on at work. The news hit me smack in the face. I instantly felt emotionally drained. I had to force myself to contain the tears at work and later, as I was on public transport, until I arrived to the safety of my home where I just cried, and cried, and cried.

After a day of wallowing in my sorrow (not a massive fan of showing my emotions, I prefer to bottle things up!) I decided to re-think a lot of my goals, follow my dreams and bounce back. A week later, with a few interviews lined up, I felt a lot more myself. Eventually I built up my confidence, but losing your job is a frighting experience.

How can you spot the signs and move on before it’s too late? Based on my experience, here’s some warning signs and red flags….

The company is making a loss

If the company is making a severe loss or is in a significant amount of debt, then it;s inevitable that your boss will want to make cost savings and re-adjust budgets. This could be instigating a hiring freeze, stagnating wages, postponing company perks, the list goes on.

Promises aren’t kept

I was promised training and on the job experience, a new laptop, and a pay rise for hard work, all in exchange for an initial low wage. What I received instead was lies, non of the above, and having to lug my laptop to and from work. It’s heart-breaking when you are so eager to learn and work and your dreams are crushed by the reality of a broken promise.

No contract

This is a huge warning sign. Never receiving a signed contract from either party isn’t best practise and doesn’t assure job security. No signed contract shows the company has no commitment to you and can get rid of you at the drop of a hat.

No real job title or job function

I was increasingly being left to fend for myself in the office, even within my first month. It was soul destroying not being given enough work to do. The cognitive dissonance experienced of having a fancy job title which isn’t reflective of your actual day to day activities and responsibilities is frustrating. In this instance I was clearly hired for a role which didn’t really exist, nor was there the scope of work to conduct, especially considering the lack of investment in training and support received. If you are often left alone in the office and spend most afternoons twiddling your thumbs, there’s no place for you.

Reduced contact time with your boss

All these points could be due to other factors, but rarely are, and should be addressed or resolved with your boss. If your boss is acting shady, being elusive and non-committal, it’s time to update you credentials and start job hunting.

With reflection, this was possibly one of the best things that could have happened to me. It allowed me to gain knowledge and experience, re-focus on cementing a career in marketing and I used the redundancy money to pay for a course which further added to my skill set. It was a blessing in disguise, especially when you power on with a positive outlook despite the negative experience.

Have you lost your job? How did you cope and bounce back?

I would love to hear your experience in the comments,

Love Career Giril

Personal Branding

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You know what the greatest brand in the world is?! That’s right… YOU!!

Graduate, job seeker, or industry expert going through a career change, although there may be a multitude of jobs out there, it’s not always easy to land that dream job. As some of you know, I graduated class of 2015, yet since then, I have been trying to forge a career. I find the whole process of job hunting possibly the most frustrating! Specifically, applying for roles online and having to almost write your whole life story, how much of a superstar you are and how amazing you’d be at the role; to then receive an automated thank you email super disheartening. Not cool.

Reject Online Job Hunting

I am not a fan of time consuming job applications and screening processes that are often used today. I think there is a massive over reliance on technology. Okay I digress. Back to personal branding!

Job hunting is hard but if you attack at all angles, you will have a much better success rate. Apply for jobs. Send emails. Network. Optimise your Linkedin & Google yourself. Competition is fierce and especially with social media and word of mouth, why not market yourself?!

Invest in Yourself

You may have the best qualifications, experience and be super likeable, but so are many other people. Which is why it’s so important to play to your strengths and use whatever skill or asset you have to your advantage. Good at Art or Photography? Create a portfolio. Great at Graphics? Build your own website. Love writing? Start a blog. You get the picture. Think of yourself as any other brand and project yourself in the best light possible. Now more than ever your online presence matters. Employers can and often will Google you and your social media profiles. If you want to keep social media private, double check all of your privacy settings to ensure there are no incriminating or embarrassing photos etc. Otherwise, link all your social media profiles together and cross promote.

Your next job might be a tweet away!

Take the plunge and go to networking events and collect business cards. Better yet, create your own personalised business cards, as it’s so much more professional to hand out a card. It can demonstrate to others that you take initiative, are organised and self-motivated. Stand out and you’ll be remembered.

It’s important to be authentic and passionate – do you! You’re great and no one can be you. We are all different with various skills and life experiences and that is why building your personal brand is essential.

So, what are you waiting for…. Go out and create your brand!

Disclaimer. I am by no means a career coach or guru, but want to inspire myself and others to take charge in their job hunting. To not be complacent and to actively go after what you want. I have been inspired by many successful woman who have created a brand around themselves! We got this! #GirlBoss

If you are job hunting I hope this is helpful, and if you have any tips, tricks or advice I would love to hear! Do you think you will start your personal brand?!

Good luck,

Love Career Girl

xo