Do the proper research to figure out what you’re worth, even if it means going on interviews or using resources like Getraised.com, Payscale.com, or Glassdoor.com, says Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, a career expert and co-founder of SixFigureStart, a career coaching firm. If you find out you’re underpaid, you can use that to negotiate an increase. “Look at salary surveys, cost-of-living comparisons, and rates of compensation within your organization, if possible,” says Dr. Katharine Brooks, director of Liberal Arts Career Services at The University of Texas at Austin and author of You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career
. “If you are aware that colleagues are earning more than you, tread carefully. You don’t want to put others in a negative light or violate a corporate written or unwritten rule about knowing what others earn. Simply present what the field generally pays, and why you believe your performance is at the top of your field.”
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