Smart Ways to Negotiate Your Salary in an Uncertain Economy
BY MELISSA LAMBERENA
The pandemic-related recession altered many job descriptions. For Haley Jones, a 24-year-old resident of Michigan, the coronavirus changed the needs of her company, and as she adapted to meet them, her responsibilities were no longer confined to her marketing specialist role. “I graduated with a marketing degree, no medical experience at all, and I ended up having to scrub in at our surgery center and help patients get prepped for anesthesia,” Jones says. After adding those kinds of new hats, Jones felt that her responsibilities had outgrown her entry-level salary and position, so she requested more compensation. Your role may also merit a salary discussion, even in uncertain times. Here are some strategies to help you achieve the ideal salary. RESEARCH THE MARKET Understanding the market for your job is critical, according to Lindsey Pollak, author of the upcoming book “Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work.” “You can look at websites like Glassdoor, Salary.com and PayScale and see what’s standard,” she says. These websites offer a minimum and maximum salary range that you can reference to give your boss a realistic request. Pollak also suggests networking with professional associations in your industry and asking about the appropriate salary range for the job in your particular city.
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