How to earn a bigger paycheck
Many workers today feel they deserve a move up the corporate ladder. But they don't necessarily have to land a promotion to start earning more. Showcasing talents, and acquiring a few more, will leverage a workers worth and allow them to move up the career ladder. Here are a few steps from Bankrate.com that could result in collecting a bigger paycheck.
Entrepreneur Bankrate.com says one way to get around the stresses of layoffs, age discrimination, outsourcing, and even the annoying gridlocked commute is to go into business for yourself. Whether your venture is only a part-time job, or the solution to all financial strife, consider each 9-to-5 job as training for one day opening your own business.
Teach If you know your stuff, try passing on your knowledge to others. Not only does teaching experience make for a stronger resume by demonstrating leadership and expertise, it also could be a way to maintain an income while between jobs. (Click next for more)
Get a life You are unhappy at work and know that your departure is inevitable. If this is true, don't make the mistake of checking out mentally. This is the time when you want to be at your best -- keep on top of industry developments, sharpen your skills, and continue to network with co-workers.
Get a life Don't become trapped by the long hours in the office or looking for a job. Sports, hobbies, and community service are great opportunities to market yourself professionally, but even more importantly, they're better for you personally.
Change Change is the only constant. Gone are the days when you worked for one company for 50 years, climbed the ladder and received a gold watch at retirement. Today people change jobs every four to five years and have several careers during their lifetimes. Gear up for a career change a year or two in advance. (Pictured: "Metamorphosis" by Salvador Dalí).
Outsourcing What do chefs, hair dressers, plumbers, carpenters and electricians have in common? We'll always need those professionals locally.
Become an expert Whether it's a critical language, new regulations or a complicated computer program, find an area in your company or industry where there is a knowledge gap and become the expert on that topic.
Be different Anything you can do to differentiate your resume from every other applicant's is a huge help. Learn a language, get new skills, earn a higher degree, list your leadership accomplishments.
Search in your own company Take a look a what might be available around you. Your already in the doors, it's the easiest way to advance your career.
In fact, stay a step ahead If you think you (or your job) will be eliminated, laid off or outsourced, get moving now. Waiting will not make it better. Launch a job search "from a cold start, and it takes seven or eight weeks to get up to speed.
Keep-up Markets/industries are constantly changing. Stay up to speed. Budget some time toward continuing your education.
Initiative=Results Banrate.com says, "When you notice changes at one of your target companies, (it's going after a niche market, opening a new division, launching a new product), send them a proposal telling them what you could do to make it happen."
Trash the old resume Old-fashioned resumes are out. At many companies and websites resumes are stored by keyword, so arrange yours to exhibit your skills. Bankrate.com recommends attaching a "leadership addendum," a list of achievements that highlights skills and situations.
Think Globally Expand your job search overseas. While the U.S job market continues to weaken, the European and Asian workforce are thriving. Develop your language skills and keep in mind that money has no borders.
Keeping a lookout You don't need to jump in head first to start a job search. Do a little at a time -- find career websites that you like, have opportunities e-mailed to you, and join a few career organizations. Not only will you be able to keep an eye on the market, but you'll also get an idea for what these positions require and which of your skills you might need to work on to bridge the gap.
Socialize Get to know your water cooler and co-workers. You never know who might have that golden Rolodex.
Networking The old adage is true. It's not just what you know, it's who you know. Create relationships with colleagues in your industry. They are the best people to give you career advice and turn you on to job opportunities. But try not to take this too far by kissing-up, keep your self-respect.