How to get a real job making what your worth
You ask, “How can I get more money in a job that I am in!”
This can be a tough subject. It all depends on many variables. Allot of companies have a pay structure in place and a certain job will only pay so much. You need to try for that salary when you interview for a job. No job will have you working there for 9 bucks an hour and then you ask for 12 and get it. When you interviewed for that job you could have asked for that then. What we will discuss now, is how to insure you get what your worth at your next attempt for a job. Basically, we are going to cover the “interview” and how to win it!
The one major thing that will get you more per hour than a starting wage for any position is experience and schooling. The two together will allow you some bargaining power “before” you get the job. Once you get a job, don’t expect a 3 dollar raise unless it comes with a promotion. There are a few things you can do in a job interview that will make you stand out and help the interviewer see you are worth the extra.
Professionalism is one. An eagerness to learn is another.
Here’s some tips that will help you along the way…
Before you walk into an interview, I do this before I put in a resume, Research the company. Find out what that company does and is about. Find out everything you can about that company and pay close attention to their mission statement.
I have found to get a real good job; I go to the company in question a week or two ahead of time and get any pamphlets or anything I can find about the company. Once you are equipped with what the company is all about, you will know how to tailor your resume and interview.
In the interview, keep your answers as close as possible to the company and its mission. Sit straight up in the chair and keep your eyes on the interviewer. Show attentiveness without being overly enthusiastic. It shows professionalism which is what good paying jobs demand. When asked questions, answer straight forward and don’t stray your answer. The interviewer is a busy person and the last thing he or show will want is someone to carry on. Show serious interest in what the company is seeking. Explain how you want to work for that company because of that companies mission statement (whatever it might be) Never ever make your interview like you are just seeking a job, you ARE seeking a career. Make that understood and that you are seeking an opportunity to work in environment where you a chance for advancement. Explain that you believe every day is a learning experience and you have a thirst for knowledge. Explain how you feel you would be an asset to that company due to that thirst for knowledge.
Try to find out what their pay scale is ahead of time and if asked. Don’t be afraid of saying higher than their price scale. If during an interview you hear “Well, we can only start you out at this much”, just say. This could probably work so long as there is room for advancement and that your quality of work can be rewarded, That you understand without you having an extensive background in their job requirement field, that you might have to start there. Only use that if you feel the interview starts wandering away and the interviewer start to be disinterested in you.
Never seem eager for a job. Seem interested instead. The kicker ending that has sealed many a good job for me is the famous question most interviewers ask “Where do you see yourself in this company in 5 years” I generally say something to the effect of “In your chair or some form of management as I feel with my thirst for knowledge and the belief I have in your companies mission statement, I can be a great asset here.”
When you go home. Wait 5 days, if you have not heard anything, feel free to do a Cover Letter and send it in. Something to the effect like, “Hello, thanks for giving me the chance to interview at a company that carries the same beliefs I posses myself, and so on and so on.” There are many different ways to word the follow-up letter.
You will be surprised how well a carefully executed interview will get you. I walked into 2 management jobs right off the bat with NO experience because of the interview.
Good luck and keep that head high. Your time is coming and you do have control as to when it happens!
This is just an added extra. So many people take jobs just to have a job. You want to go somewhere in a company? Show up for work 15 minutes early. Don’t be the first one out at the end of the day. Smile all time. There’s just so much a person can do to make themselves get ahead it’s not funny. My favorite saying I will die by is, “you want professional pay, you need to be professional!”
I had a saying I kept to heart. If I start in a company and see I can’t get into management within 6 months, I am down the road to my next job. I remember working for a company and after about 3 weeks the supervisor came up and started chatting, he said he noticed the drive I had and asked if I planned on sticking around. I looked him in the eye and said, well, honestly, if I can’t end up in some type of management position within 6 months, then I am down the road Because I know what I can do and what I can do for whoever I work for.
I was called into the office an hour later and was told I was fired! It was union shop and because of seniority I could not get promoted because of the union. They fired me and rehired me the next day as a regional manager for their new pet project, which was a chain if high class retirement centers. At that job, I jumped from 24 thou a year to 68 thou a year in 3 weeks!
So look straight ahead cause good things happen to good people!