But having a community of women to guide you when you're asking for a raise can truly make all the difference. "I interacted in a lot of spaces where women were discussing their salaries, with the group Ladies Get Paid being one of them," says Marie, a graphic designer in New York City. "I was approaching a year of employment, and I had expected my role to be a more junior-level position, but I ended up with a lot of responsibilities that were more mid- or senior [level].
The knowledge she learned from the certificate program was invaluable, and it helped her to ultimately land a job that netted a $30,000 salary increase. "It's not always just about money," Marissa says. "You can ask for other things like conference stipends, training, flexible working arrangements, work-from-home days. " If a traditional raise isn't an option, consider other perks or adjustments that would have a positive impact on your day-to-day.
After talking to the women in my network who were in a similar position or point in their career, I realized that it was time to ask for more. "When I finally asked for the raise," Marie continues, "10 seconds into the conversation, my boss said that she thought that I already made enough.
When I shared this with my bosses, they decided to bump me up to $76,000, and I took it. " If you've been a valuable to your current company, chances are they won't want to lose you to a competitor. "Always see who else is buying! " Arielle says. "Sometimes it takes a cold, hard offer from another business to make your current company realize what they ought to be paying you.
When Arielle, a product marketer, let her team know that a competitor was interested in hiring her, it made them realize just how much they stood to lose if she left. "After a year at an early-stage start-up making $63,000, I start shopping around at other start-ups," Arielle says. "I ended up getting an offer from another prominent startup for $80,000.
When it became clear that more money was out of the question, Marissa asked her boss if the company would cover her project management certification. "I put together a proposal for her outlining what was involved, what it cost, and the benefits to my development and the organization—and it worked," she says.
It all went down when Nisha's boss unexpectedly asked her what her ideal salary would be. "Because I had done my research, I had a number ready," she says. "He was receptive to my ask and promised a substantial increase after my next performance review, should I continue to perform well.
But I stood my ground, and a few weeks later I got an email letting me know that I was granted a 10 percent raise. " The fact that she was a part of a group of like-minded women—who both gave her the knowledge she needed to ask her for more and urged her on throughout the process—helped her succeed.
Know your worth. 💰 https://t.co/VKjGQwPyAQ— Glamour (@glamourmag) November 22, 2019