Jobs: the silver lining

February 5, 2009 Categorized in: Salary

Fewer employers may be hiring in 2009 (only 14%, compared to 32% last year), but the outlook isn’t entirely grim. Some employers will increase salaries, while others plan to offer flexible work arrangements.

New salary survey: Expertise pays

December 5, 2008 Categorized in: AdvancementSalary

Demand for highly skilled administrative professionals will remain steady this year, predicts the 2009 Salary Guides from Robert Half International. While starting salaries for admins are expected to rise 2.6% on average in 2009, employees with specific skills can command even more.

Lay the groundwork for a future raise

December 5, 2008 Categorized in: AdvancementSalary

Dreams of a pay increase may be put on hold, but that doesn’t mean giving up on the idea forever. Eventually, the economy will shake itself out of its doldrums, and employees will once again be in the position to negotiate robust raises. In the meantime, lay the groundwork for a future raise.

Habla español?

December 5, 2008 Categorized in: InternetPersonal DevelopmentSalary

According to the 2009 Salary Guides, being multilingual is an “expert skill” that can bump you from the low end of a salary range to the high end. Here are a few web sites to help you spruce up your language skills.

Pay check

October 6, 2008 Categorized in: InternetSalary

Before you head into your boss’s office to discuss a raise—or negotiate salary with a new employer—figure out how much you should be paid. Here’s how.
You love your work, but you’d like it even better if you made more money. A bad job market can be a good time to get what you want—and deserve. Why? Everyone else might be too afraid to attempt any salary negotiating.

Are you getting a raise?

October 1, 2008 Categorized in: RecognitionSalary

The odds are good. U.S. companies will keep pay raises steady in 2009, reports a survey by Washington, D.C., consulting firm Watson Wyatt.
You probably know how to make a case for a raise: by touting the tangible ways in which you’ve added value to the company. But once you’ve asked your boss, he or she will probably respond in one of three ways. Here’s how to handle each possible response and move the conversation toward your ultimate goal: getting a raise.
No time for modesty—this is the time to toot your own horn.

Before negotiating, do a pay check

May 1, 2007 Categorized in: NegotiatingSalary

You wouldn’t haggle over the price of a used car without first referencing the Kelley Blue Book. And you wouldn’t want to talk to your boss about pay without first knowing what other people with similar responsibilities earn. Here’s where to start your research before asking for that raise.  
If your performance evaluation is at least six months away, start tracking now the value you bring to your job, especially if you want a raise. That’s according to David Lorenzo, managing partner at The Gallup Organization and author of Career Intensity.

Making your case for that raise

February 1, 2007 Categorized in: NegotiatingSalary

“Pssst! Did you know that Peter is making $45,000?” Finding out that someone with your title and job description makes more money than you can rattle your nerves. Here’s how to handle it.

Grab higher-than-average raises

January 1, 2005 Categorized in: Salary

In her first year with her current employer, Lancaster, Mass., admin Jocelyn Rodgers received a 36 percent hourly pay increase. The next year, her pay rose another 20 percent.