Lets Talk Salary
Am I The Only One who feels like I'm worth more? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my field of work, but the compensation could use an improvement. Working in entertainment PR the hours are long! It goes way beyond the traditional 8 hours a day/40 hours per week schedule. I started to become curious if this was normal or not, so I asked my sister circle and the answers blew my mind.
I'm being overworked and underpaid, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I was confused, I didn't really know where I should go from here. Just when I was on the brink of an epiphany, me and Iesha had a conversation about how she bossed up at work and I was like "What?! OMG yes sister". Drawing inspiration from my sis, I decided I had to do something about my situation. So I'm in the process of the following:
1. Knocking out all my projects at work, so I can have a quality catalog of work.
2. Doing my research on the market salary for my position, and other companies.
I plan to present to this my company, "wish me luck".
I had to take advice from two of my favorite Detroiters, Iesha and Ming Lee "You don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate".
Am I The Only One who shamelessly asks their friends how much they are making at their jobs? I wasn't always this way. I was afraid to ask my friends how much they were making because of course they would eventually ask how much I made - and I wasn't exactly proud of my salary at one point.
Eventually I got tired of feeling like I was being underpaid, so I did a little bit of research on how much a person at my level should be making. The only problem with doing research is that it varies from market to market and in my opinion, you never truly get a concrete answer. That said, I decided to ask among my friends. I figured, we were all around the same level in our careers, so we should all be in the same range of pay. That's when I got a true idea of how much I should be making - so I negotiated.
What I took away from this "analysis" was not that you always have to negotiate, but talking about salary should not feel like we're addressing an elephant in the room.
The only way we will truly be able to help one another in "corporate america" is by sharing the gems and tools needed to excel. Of course salary varies from state to state and by industry but having this conversation will give you a better idea of how much you should be making and your friends may even have some negotiation advice for you.
Have you talked about your salary with your friends.