We probably speak for most people when we say the best day of the week or fortnight is pay day. If you’re not 100% satisfied with the number that follows the dollar sign, or you think your skills and experience equates to more than what you’re getting paid, it’s time to hunt down a pay increase.
While we can’t promise it'll happen overnight, there are measures you can take to start earning more.
- Chat with your boss
It’s not recommended that you storm into work demanding a pay rise, however an open conversation with your boss can help them to understand where you’re at and what your expectations are. Discuss whether there is potential for growth or what you need to do to move up to the next level.
Learn more about how to negotiate a pay rise at work.
- Get qualified
A formal qualification recognises your skills, gives you credibility and will put you in a position to perform higher paying jobs. If you’ve been working in the field for a number of years and you’ve developed a strong skill set, you could be eligible for RPL when seeking a qualification. It could be as simple as gathering evidence of your experience to submit to a RTO, without having to undertake additional study and coursework.
- Upskill, upskill, upskill!
Upskilling aims to make you better at your current job. It’s a great way to stay ahead of a constantly evolving workforce, and will ensure you’re always an asset to your industry and the company you work for. If you’re thinking of asking for a pay rise, but feel like you need to improve in certain areas before you can make a strong enough argument, we recommend looking at ways to upskill!
- Explore the job market
If you’ve tried everything in your current position and still feel as though there’s no room for growth, development or a pay rise, it could be time to consider finding a new job. You may not always start out on a higher salary, but during the hiring process, chat to your prospective employer about growth opportunities.
It’s also beneficial to explore other career paths you could transition into. There could be a specific sector in your industry that offers higher paying jobs.
- Consider a career change
There’s no shame in considering a career change if you’re unsatisfied with the average salary of the one you’re in. If a career change is on the cards, consider RPL as a cost-effective way to support your transition. You can get any complimentary skills certified and use your qualification to land your next job. Plus, you can gain your qualification while you’re still at work, so you won’t need to take time off and sacrifice your pay cheques.
Learn more about how to use RPL to make a career change.
If you’re interested in gaining a qualification to boost your credibility and earning potential, get in touch with our team today to discuss your goals.