By: Melody Hudson & Monica Simmons, Founders of HNTT PRODUCTIONS and The Equal Balance Movement
HNTT Productions founded by two sisters, Melody Hudson & Monica Simmons, who wanted to develop, produce, and invest in film, television, and documentary projects. Not only does HNTT Productions give a platform to women of color, but they also shine a light on their experience and highlight inequalities that exist in the workplace.
In this article, you will learn how to demand the pay you deserve!
Step 1: Research Pay
When putting your all in a job we all want to get paid what we think is fair right? But how do we know if we are getting paid fairly or not Research! Take the out time research the salary of your profession to see if your current salary matches. Make sure you are taking into count the length of time you have been with the company.
Step 2: Prepare Portfolio
Now that you know how much you should be making. It is time for you to put a portfolio together. This portfolio should consist of your success in the company, new ideas to bring more revenue to the company, and proof that you are getting underpaid. When demanding more money it is important that you remind your employer how valuable you are to the company and what you can bring to the table.
Step 3: Ask
Simple right? When it is time for you to ask your employer for a higher salary make sure you come correct. You have one chance to pitch your case. It is important to set up a meeting and send a google invite so you will not have to worry about catching them at the wrong time. Have your portfolio ready and go for it. Do not beat around the bush, you do not want the employer to feel like you are wasting their time.
Step 4: Prepare for the Answer
Whether it is the answer you wanted to hear or not. It is important to have a plan. It the employer say yes then make sure you have it in writing and know when the pay increase will start. If your employer says no, then you need to decide is it time to exit or figure out what you need to do in order to receive a pay increase.
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