Michael Ham (pictured) of Acuo Recruitment, a specialist recruitment consultancy working with companies in the Sales and Marketing, PR and New Media industries, knows a thing or two about getting the most from your career.
Get paid more
Whether it's something discussed at your appraisal or something you bring up when you feel it's time - asking for a pay rise can always be an awkward one! With this in mind you need to be prepared.
First of all go back and review your original job description with roles and responsibilities and cross reference it against what you are doing on a day to day to basis now.
Ask yourself are you working above and beyond what your job role states? If so then it could be time to start moving up that salary ladder.
It's a case of looking at your current skills and achievements and understanding whether or not you are recognised for going the extra mile beyond the call of duty.
This commitment needs to be perceived as non-money focused but having a real passion and care for the business growth and that of your clients. To keep track of this you need to document everything that you feel you are doing as evidence.
Put together a portfolio and client testimonials of your personal accounts to prove (if you need to) that you really are overworked and under payed.
If you feel you are not exceeding expectations then set yourself targets against your job description - start giving new ideas, get creative, think outside the box and prove you have new ways of thinking that are worth raising your salary for.
Most companies will have an appraisal structure in place so it will be reviewed at regular intervals - at the end of the day you need to prove that you are a worthwhile member of staff and that it's worth paying you that extra bit to retain you in the business...
Move on up where you are…
A lot of the above applies, as with a promotion comes a pay rise or vice-versa. Think what do I currently do as an employee and what do I need to be doing to get to where I want to be?
Set yourself achievable goals with timescales and targets - think SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results based, Time-scale).
Think about what you need to do to get to the level you want to be at - take that extra step to learn more for yourself, maybe pick up more technical skills e.g. in accountancy or designing.
It's also great to hone in on a specialism - so if you feel you excel in one particular area expand on this - it relates back to feeling like a worthwhile member of staff.
Go and do things off your own back if needs be, if you feel you need further training and accreditations look into CIM and IPR courses.
Educate yourself and learn from others - get out there and network... If you acquire these skills you should feel confident in pushing for the next stage of your career.
Or just move on…
The most simple way of getting your 'ideal' job is to write down your aim of where you want to be in 5 years, 10 years and so on.
Define what this is and ask yourself what do I want? Why do I want this? And how will I get this? Then again set yourself targets (over timescales) to be where you want to be. Once discovered what you need you can get down to working your way to your dream job.
Remember to have goals - get the skills to reach those goals by educating yourself. This will give you the knowledge to get to where you want to be...
A great tip is to look at dream job adverts and work your way to being able to meet all they are asking for.
Ultimately your career is in your hands, so if you’re focused on getting to a certain level, (and have the talent to support your drive!) there’s no reason for you not to achieve your goals.
Happy ladder climbing!
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