One of the solutions for getting out of debt is gaining more capital, and for many this translates to a better-paying job. Though edging out of the status quo is always a challenging and daunting task, we find that it is usually a more desirable alternative than attempting excessive saving plans. However, it’s all easier said than done, because qualifying for better pay is not always as easy as applying to positions with higher wages.
Getting a pay raise usually takes a lot of work, though it’s not always the kind that first comes to mind.
Here are 3 tasks you should conquer before moving ahead and applying to higher-paying positions:
- Update Your Resume
Once again, a simple no-brainer that can realistically take up a lot of time and requires tactful finesse. We are not referring to simply adding your current position to your list of places of employment. If you are looking to get more compensation, your resume has to prove that you deserve it. Beef it up with any training, extra education, courses, or awards you may have gained since your last update. Evaluate what skills and experience you have gained over the time you have been at your current position- have you been involved in managing projects, people, or expectations? Do you have good customer or client relations? Tailor your skills to reflect that listed in the job description of the position you have your heart set on. If you were the hiring manager, what would you be looking for in a prime candidate? If you have right qualities, make sure that is clear!
- Address Your Appearance
We know that it’s what’s in your brain that counts, however many employers also factor in your physical appearance. It’s a fact of life and something that we unfortunately need to address when preparing to go hunting for a high-paying job. Dress for the job that you want, not the one you have, and the rest of your appearance should echo this sentiment. This might mean an investment of time and money on your end, especially if you don’t have a wardrobe that reflects this standard or style of dressing. If there is anything else that could trip of your confidence like the state of your hair or your teeth, that’s something to address before the job hunt. Dental implants can offer you the smile you have lost, or the smile you have always wanted, and we all know the power of a genuine and warm smile, especially on people who could potentially be your future colleagues.
- Work on Your Soft Skills
Though your hard skills and experience are obviously the strongest weapons in your arsenal for upgrading your job, soft skills can be what set you apart from other qualified candidates. More and more employers are starting to put a greater emphasis on soft skills or personality traits when hiring new members for their team. With an educated and skilled work force, it’s easy to find people who can “do the job”, but more difficult to find individuals who are a good fit in terms of lifestyle and personality and will “play well” with others on the team. If you find that interviews and inter-personal interactions make you feel uncomfortable, look for opportunities for coaching.
As you can tell, first impressions are important, both on paper, as in on your resume, and in person during an interview or job fair. Prime yourself to perform well no matter how your potential employer interacts with you first. Only by taking the time to create your own “marketing campaign” will you be to convince others that your work is worth more than you are being paid for right now.