How to get a better paid job

How to get a better paid job

Due a salary increase or think you need a career change? Check out our advice for how to ask for more and get it at work


Savvy salary negotiations

The secret to successfully asking for a pay rise  is preparation. The ideal time to talk money is your annual review, or request a meeting with your HR office or line manager.

  • Know your value
    Check out the market rate for jobs similar to yours by looking at job ads and websites for unions representing your field of work. If there is a union or group representation where you work find out if there is a set fund for pay rises, so you know what the parameters are.
  • List your duties
    Have your work responsibilities changed? Consider how the current situation appears and if you have been succeeding or even exceeding in your role. Itemise those things you are most proud of.
  • Be confident
    You are good at your job! You know this. If your supervisor does not also know it, it is important to draw his/her attention to examples that make the point and show that you are happy to shoulder your responsibilities.
  • Practise your meeting
    Run through your arguments for a higher salary. Ask a friend to help you practise and talk through what your supervisor would say.
  • Know what you want
    If you think a pay rise is unlikely, negotiate a one-off bonus to recognise recent achievements, or a change in conditions (different hours or more holiday). Be clear about what you want. If you leave it up to the company to come up with an offer, it might not meet your expectations.
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How to excel in a job interview

The preparation you do before the interview is just as important as how you conduct yourself during the actual interview. Read on and get more advice on switching jobs

  • Getting the interview Read the job advertisement carefully and underline points that apply to you. Focus on these and explain briefly and clearly the ways in which you meet the requirements.
  • Do your research
    Read up on the organisation or company, both to show the interviewer that you are knowledgeable and also to find out if this is really the right job for you.
  • Consider why you want the job
    You will inevitably be asked this and asked why they should choose you. Address these questions in your application letter and expect to be asked to expand on them during the interview.
  • Dress well
    You are there to make an impression personally, not make a statement with your clothing, so tone it down. It’s most important to feel smart but comfortable in what you’re wearing. And your hair is important too. Check out four new updos easy to do at home 
  • Stay on message
    Answer the questions you are asked, and do not wander from the subject. It is better to be brief and leave the matter open for more questions from the interviewer if needed.
  • Be enthusiastic, honest and straightforward
    For example, if you resigned your previous job because of a conflict, you should mention this while emphasising the positive things that came out of it. Prepare in advance some clear examples of what your concrete achievements were in your previous job. How did your efforts produce results for the company?
  • Have answers for common questions
    Interviews often follow similar patterns so make sure you’re ready for the obvious! ‘Why did you leave your last job?’ ‘What are your skills?’ ‘What did you accomplish in your previous job?’ ‘What is your greatest asset and your greatest weakness?’

Good luck!

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Brilliant article.. go for it I say. I did and got a well deserve pay rise :-)

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