Many people avoid talking to colleagues about what they earn. But how do you know if you’re getting paid what you’re worth? How to negotiate to get what you deserve?
Get some tips below on how to up your salary.
Do market research
You have to know your value in the job marketplace. Have confidence and learn how useful your skills and experience are to an employer.
There are ways to find salary information on certain jobs:
- browse the government’s job database or other job database for salary rates
- use online salary calculators
- research salary surveys by recruitment agencies
- talk to recruitment agents or people from your industry
- search the net for collective agreements
You should seek out support, as having people to share experiences with will make things easier.
Aside from careers.govt.nz, there are other employment support programmes available around the country. Most New Zealand cities have these local programmes:
- New Kiwis — a national online skilled migrant recruitment programme provided by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and funded by Immigration New Zealand. It’s devised to help match skilled Kiwis with employers that need them.
- Register your CV
- Search for job advertisement
- Check out the New Kiwi Career Success — a 3-day training course and follow-up workshop supporting skilled workers for effective job search skills.
- Newcomer — matches programmes, job mentors, job clubs, and training for the NZ workplace.
- Work Connect — a free programme run by The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). It offers a mix of group workshops and one-to-one coaching, to help with job search, get interviews, and make a good impression.
Another option is to find a job mentor. There are professional career advisers & coaches who can give feedback and ideas on applications and interview techniques.Easy Ways To Up Skill To Up Your Salary Click To Tweet
Talk confidently about your skills & experience during the interview. Avoid underselling yourself, but you have to back your answer with strong evidence that you’re worth it.
When you’re asked about pay and find it difficult to answer, offer a salary range. If the employer is the one who offers a range, you can get a good idea of your worth.
Also, leave room to negotiate a higher salary.
You don’t necessarily have to accept a job offer in the interview. Ask for a week to consider the offer. You can:
- ask for an employment agreement in writing, which includes a salary offer
- read the employment agreement completely
- have a lawyer, advocate, or friend to also read the employment agreement
- get legal advice about your employment agreement from Citizen Advice Bureau.
Try to negotiate if you’re not happy with the salary offered.
Before negotiation, you’ll need to:
- work out the minimum salary you’re willing to accept
- decide whether to accept the job offer even if the employer won’t negotiate.
Be polite, give evidence of your value to the business, and be willing to compromise.
Has this happened to you recently?
- become unemployed
- suffered bankruptcy
- foreclosure on your home
- suffered another type of financial crisis.
If so, your credit report will show negative marks that can affect your borrowing capability.
PPL does not consider a bad credit history as a limitation. Consider this as the first step in dealing again with the bank or top credit providers.
You just need to provide your personal details and latest bank statement to process and approve your application.