It’s known that women tend to make less than men. Personally, I wouldn’t call myself a feminist, but I do believe that women are just as capable as men.
But, let’s be honest. It is really a struggle for women today to ask for a raise. But, why is it so easy for men to do it? Are they just more cutthroat than us?
What I’ve always heard is that women don’t ask. And, if you don’t ask, how are you going to get one?
Last year, I had to have “the talk” with my boss. I wanted a raise, and I was beyond nervous to ask for one. Here is the premise: I started at the company I work for at the age of 20, I’m now 23 and have almost been there for 4 years (this April). Originally all I did was Social Media, then I did majority of Marketing, and now I manage one other marketer.
As you can imagine, my role changed, but my salary didn’t reflect that.
So . . . last year, I was really unhappy with that and decided I needed to talk to my boss about it. Did I deserve a raise? Yes. Was my company that I work for going to give me one unless I asked? No.
I began by doing research. I looked at overall country to see what my role made, then based on the location I lived. Then, I proceeded to write down how my role has changed, such as the priorities I’ve taken on that I didn’t have before and how I’ve grown throughout my time there.
Lastly, I came up with a number of what I wanted to make. Don’t forget to factor in benefits, benefits at some companies aren’t great but at others they add into your salary. For instance, my company gives us a personal development fund for things like the gym because they support a healthy lifestyle!
Once I had all my ducks in a row, I was ready to meet. I laid out what I was hoping for and why I believed I deserved it. And, honestly, for me, it worked as best as I could have hoped. I know everyone says, “the worst they can say is no.” But, sometimes no hurts; if you really believe you deserve a raise, have a backup plan if they say no.
My biggest mistake being with the same company for so long is that at every point of my role changing I didn’t address the needed salary increase. I became stagnant because I wasn’t willing to ask.
So . . . women! We got this. And, don’t be afraid to ask for what you deserve. Trust me, the guys do.
– the Helm Household