This Will Increase Your Pay

Just about this time of year, most big companies finish going through their annual review process and it usually closes with a salary adjustment. In the years gone by they were called merit increases or raises. Back in the day before the markets melted down, raises could be anywhere between 5-12% with the average hitting around 7%. For the past few years, 3% is the norm, that’s it. Every year I am grateful to receive a bump if it’s offered as it raises my savings rate by that much more.  Sometimes, people just do not feel valued and appreciated by their current boss and the salary adjustment becomes the leverage and motivation to start looking for another job. If you are thinking about different job or different employer, you might also find yourself, your skills and your value in more in demand than you thought.  In my previous posts, I shared some tips on preparing for the interview. Since job hunting is not a linear process, (thanks RT), then I get to take my liberties covering the job hunting process in an opportunistic order.   I came across a blog recently that goes into great detail about the salary negotiating process.  I implore you to take the time to go through this crash course video as it’s going to provide you significant payback. How does a couple thousand bucks sound to you on day one? Perhaps even an extra week or two of paid vacation?

The weekend is coming up so put this on your calendar and take an hour to sharpen your saw.  It will give you the confidence to do better just by asking a few more questions.

While you’re at sharpening your saw.  How many of you actually read and followed through on
“The Strangest Secret” exercise?

Carry on.


Author: Francis

Started out in science and somehow ended up in sales & marketing. Grew into a results oriented sales professional with extensive experience selling and positioning scientific solutions in the pharma/biotech, life sciences and medical diagnostics markets. In 1998 I created an excel sheet to track spending and cash flow to learn personal finance on my own. They don't teach this in school and by the time one figures it out, most of let all these resources slip through our fingers. It's time to pay it forward to this next gen so that they can shave 15-20 years off for working for "the man" with insights, a library of tools, and motivation from me and plenty of other FI bloggers that I follow.

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