Feeling the crunch of the economy? Looking for ways to increase your income and make more money at your current job? You’ll want to step up your game a little bit. With the economy as it is today, companies are trying to stay afloat by laying off workers. In order to make more money at your current job, you’ll have to take a look at your current skill set, what you can offer the company and why they should pay you more money.
Payroll is one of the largest expenses a company has and looking for ways to trim it down is a company priority. So, you’ve been in your current job for awhile, you’ve developed certain skills and abilities that would be time consuming and costly to replace. These skill sets, which take time to master, may be acquired by someone else, but what do you add or offer which would make you valuable and irreplaceable. Knowing that it would take time to train or mentor another employee could be the advantage you need to acquire that additional increase in pay.
Since you are in fact trying to make more money at your current job, it would also be in your best interest to think like your employer thinks. A great way to do that is to take a look around and see if improvements can be made. Is there a more cost efficient way to complete a task or a better way to do something. Calculate the costs before you go in full blast. Having clear and concise information not only gets your foot in the door, but keeps you from wasting your employers valuable time.
Break away from the pack to help gain your employers attention. Trust me, your employer knows the ones that are time wasters, gossipers and complainers. Diligence pays off. You won’t make a whole lot of friends with this one, but you may make more money.
Decide how much more money you want to make before you go in. Going in with no dollar amount in mind and with no direction is not a smart move. Treat it like a business meeting, if you go in with the information he or she needs and reasons why, you’ll more likely get what you are asking for.
Find a mentor. A mentor can prevent you from making costly mistakes. Someone who has “been there, done that” can guide you down the path you’re trying to navigate. Taking the time to learn now means more dollars later. It’s worth it.
Make sure your mentor gains as well. No one likes being used. If you do go the route of mentor, make sure your mentor gets the recognition or credit that he or she deserves. There is nothing like getting the short end of the stick. Just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
I hope these tips help you to make more money at your current job, if it does pass it along.