Get Paid What You’re Worth and Spend Less Than You Earn.
Okay but what am I worth? First, I think you are priceless but I’m not hiring you. One of the hardest things to do when determining your worth is gauging the value of your experience. I’ve seen it many times as a former manager, people with great educations and no experience over price themselves, people with great experience and average education under price.
So, a few tips for you when determining your worth in the workforce.
Research your field: There are many, many websites that aggregate pay for specific professions. These will help you get a general idea of what type of pay you can command.
The cost of living where you work, might be different then where you live: If you live in the city and are working in the burbs, chances are your pay isn’t commensurate with the cost of living you are experiencing.
Experience, and specific targeted experience, increases your value: If you are an RN with a lot of Phlebotomy experience and you are going for a pediatric position, your experience won’t be as valuable. TLDR: Stay in your lane if you want to maximize your earning potential.
You must gauge their demand: Has this job been open for a while? Do they seem “desperate”? that affects your value tremendously.
Being in the workforce is a bastion of anxiety for all sorts of reasons but feeling like you’re not getting paid what you are worth is horrible. It’s up to you to determine your value, taking a job just to have a job is okay but you won’t be happy. Remember this is a financial transaction and you must remove yourself personally (as best you can) from the transaction.
They want to pay you the least amount possible for the most
work, you want to work the least amount as possible for the most pay. The
answer is always somewhere in the middle but take the time BEFORE you get the
offer to determine how much you are willing to work for.
If you know going in that you will not do this job for any less than 60K a year, you’re in control of your worth. So many times, we leave it up to the company to “make an offer” then we are in reaction mode. Take some time before hand to determine what the job should be paying, and this will help relieve a lot of anxiety.
Remember many of us work for money to do the things we love to do outside of work. A precious few of us get to work at something we really love. If you are the later, I cant help you as you’ve nailed it already. If you are the former, take the time to formulate a value for your work before getting into a serious job search. This is going to help you straight out of the gate with the new job anxiety, you will be working for a wage you determined was fair.
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I realize that many people who read my content are younger
than I am, in some cases much younger. Like I have children your age… that’s
okay I’m glad you are here. I’m thankful for all the people who frequent my
content, age is just a number but I am fascinated by generational trends etc.
So the “quick heads up?” Anxiety sucks and it strikes you at
any time REGARDLESS of age. I started a new job this week, everything is fine
but let me give you a run-down of what the week looked like for me at various
I had an acne breakout on my forehead, yes at
I was 2 hours early on my first day for fear of
my car breaking down or getting lost.
Before bed during the week I studied a phone
list so I could remember people’s names.
I scrubbed my teeth every morning with hydrogen peroxide
so they would be whiter.
I doubled my dose of CBD oil so I could sleep
Tuesday night because at 1AM I was having a panic attack that I forgot my
password at work.
On and on. The point here is I have anxiety and worse I have
intrusive thoughts that sometimes I can’t overcome. They consume me in a way
that isn’t physically harmful but I cannot exercise myself from them no matter
how hard I try. I am 50, I have been working since I was 14 years old. This
isn’t my first new job.
On top of that, I am a middle manager. That in of itself
doesn’t mean a whole lot, I still have to produce like everyone else but what I
project and how I carry myself is important. Staff see it and some emulate it.
You might have anxiety too, you might be 20ish, and
struggling with something and it might seem ridiculous to you. It isn’t.
Moreover let this post serve as a reminder that anxiety is likely going to be a
lifelong battle for you. I didn’t recognize early in my life I had it and
medicated. Here I am decades later still from time to time struggling.
If you are struggling remember the person you see walking
down the street who appears to have it all together might be struggling too.
Keep attacking it every day, keep showing up and do your best to manage your
specific circumstances. Hang in there, I am and if I can do it so can you.
First let me say thank you, thank you for supporting my blog
I really appreciate it. The last few months have been a whirlwind of shit,
ending in a wonderful outcome. I don’t normally use vulgarity in my posts but its
appropriate here to illustrate the negativity. Since Xmas work has been
straight out a shit show. I am a senior finance professional I have seen my
share of poop in my career. Its run the whole gambit here over the last few
Sickness, people quitting, anger, blow outs… Look I’m not
going to go over all the specifics but needless to say around the middle of January
I asked my self a very important question “Do I need this crap?” The answer was
no, and I don’t say that lightly. Jobs like mine you simply can’t replace with
ease. I make a good income, I am on a management team, those jobs don’t grow on
Now I earned this role, I’ve got the degree’s and the years
in the trenches, but I’ve had enough of these people and its time to move on.
AS someone who has worked in finance for 30 years, I’ve been able to cultivate
a good network. While I did say above jobs like mine don’t grow on trees, I have
a professional tree I have grown that has enabled me to get another job faster
than I anticipated.
The economy is good, companies are hiring at least in my
world. So, on 3.2.20 I start a new job with someone I have worked with in the
past. It’s a good gig and I will be make more money with corporate earnings
bonuses. This is good news for me and my family, as I approach the last full
decade of work the more money, I can bank now the better.
The blog will not change much. I will still be postings 3
times a week but the day in which the post actually gets up might be different.
I have maintained a mon -wed-fri posting schedule but I think this may change to
tues-thurs-sat. Or I have to change the time in which I post. I normally post
in the AM US time. I will keep an eye on the statistics and see what new schedule
works best. I am committed to the blog and the work I am doing here, its important
for me and I think it helps others. I do have to focus on this new role as
well, so I will be working on balance going forward.
Thank again for all your support – 2020 is shaping up to be
a great year.