This week on Financial Woman radio I interviewed career expert Marie Snidow. Marie had some great tips for anyone currently looking for a job, or thinking of re-entering the work force. If you missed the live show, be sure to click on the Blog Talk Radio link on the financialwoman.com home page to listen.
Before I founded Financial Woman, I was thinking of returning to the corporate world, or at least work for someone else again. I had absolutely no idea how to value myself when it came to an outside job. As women, we develop so many skills over the years for which we are not necessarily paid a salary. Marie offered the following suggestions that would apply to anyone looking to make more money on their current job, make a career move, or re-enter the workforce.
1. Do your homework; Spend some time researching what companies are paying for work similar to the type of work you are doing or seeking. A career coach can also help with this.
2. Think in terms of what a job is worth, not what you are worth, because women are especially known to devalue their own worth.
3. Brainstorm and present how you can help a company grow or get new business right away so you will be irresistible to the company.
4. Use the calculator at careercrafter.com to get salary information in your own city for your type of skill set.
5. Consider career coaching if you have a hard time asking for what you know you are worth, or where you want to focus your skills.
6. Year end is an excellent time to look for a job, because everyone assumes that it’s not, and there is little competition in the job market. Additionally, managers may lose their budget money for the year if they don’t use it.
The bottom line is that financial women know what they are worth and graciously ask for it. Making more money means having more funds to invest. The more wealth you have to invest, the sooner you’ll reach your financial goals, which is the desired result of all successful investing.