How to Negotiate for Yourself at Work

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No one knows you better than you and you are the best person to advocate for yourself. Sticking up for yourself in the workforce can feel like an intimidating task however, you are the only one keeping your best interests top of mind.

Well, maybe not the only one. We have compiled 4 tips on how to help you successfully get the recognition you deserve in your career:

Tip #1: Recognize and celebrate your own achievements

Keep track of your accomplishments daily when striving for a promotion. At the end of every workday jot down an achievement you are proud of to keep a record of your progress at work.

Documenting the smallest of daily successes makes a huge difference. For example, “Today, Taylor told me I am easy to work with.” When the time comes to ask for a promotion you can use these notes as a reference to demonstrate your accomplishments and dedication to the team.

Tip #2: Ask for a raise

When asking for a raise it’s crucial to approach the conversation with confidence. Avoid the common mistake of simply stating your desire for a raise without having the evidence to back it up.

Present your accomplishments and the value you bring to the organization in a cohesive and impactful manner. For example, create a detailed and professional PowerPoint presentation explaining how you exceed the duties required in your job description using your daily documentation as a reference.

Tip #3: Addressing salary expectations

Navigating salary discussions can be tricky, but it’s essential you approach the situation with clarity of your salary expectations. For example, if you are applying for a new role, do some research on the salary range for that position in advance.

Before disclosing your expected salary, ask the employer about the budget range allocated for the role. This approach allows for negotiation to ensure you receive fair compensation.

Tip #4: Set clear goals

Early on, determine what your leader's performance expectations are for you during your first 30, 60 and 90 days in your role. Regularly seek feedback and areas for improvement to foster growth. This will demonstrate your commitment and willingness to learn.

Remember to showcase your value and actively pursue the opportunities you deserve.

This article was inspired by Jenny Ward’s breakout session, “How to Negotiate for Yourself at Work” from the Investing in You Women’s Conference.