2. Change Your Job
It may be that when you try to renegotiate your rate of pay, it really does fall on deaf ears, that there is no possible way they’re ever going to pay you more. That is the reality in some companies (though the chances are that if you’re really making a difference by now, they’ll come to regret that decision some day!).
It could be, of course, that you’re not happy in your current job for other reasons - like your colleagues aren’t your ideal tribe of people, the pressure is unhealthy and the recognition is generally poor, and you don’t feel you can change that.
If you feel like your current job is holding you back from what you are capable of achieving, then maybe you have given it enough chance and it’s time to change. If this is the case then maybe it’s time to look at how you can segue into a new role in a new company.
Have a look at your LinkedIn profile including your academic and professional experience. If it’s starting to look a bit tired, you might need to update it with your latest successes, and get colleagues to vouch for you for different skills you already have, or projects you’ve worked on together. Be sure to add any continuing professional development you’ve benefited from at work, or part-time courses you’ve attended to show you’re keeping your skills up-to-date. Make sure that your status reads that you’re actively looking for work. This will make it easier for recruiters and companies to find you.
Sell the parts you think look good and try and improve the parts that don’t. Notice where there might be gaps in your education or experience and see if you can turn these into positives. If you have a particular project or an achievement that you have obtained throughout your career, use that to sell yourself.
You can find people to help you to do this professionally, there are companies who will help you to write your CV for a price, but we wouldn’t recommend that as a first step; instead try to do it yourself. Nobody knows your own experience better. Start by asking a few friends who have successful jobs how they wrote their CV and maybe, if they are kind enough, they will send you a copy to get tips from or give you feedback on your own. A word of warning though, whilst it can be tempting, don’t fall into the common trap of lying - this will come back to haunt you in an interview. Just focus on the things you have accomplished!
If you work in marketing, you might like to check out our list of the highest paid digital marketing jobs to give you something to aim for. Then you can research specific job roles and understand the skillsets you may be looking to acquire. And if you are missing the basics, here’s one of our programmes which could help you out, the marketing management certificate. Alternatively, if you have time on your side, and can afford to take a break between jobs, then you could reinvent yourself and dive in head first and take a full-time course. This will look fantastic on your LinkedIn and will spice it up with something fresh.
Apply for companies that are growing in a growing sector. It cannot be stressed enough that stagnant companies will only give stagnant wages. If you work for a company that is doing well, it will give more bonuses and more pay increases to its employees. It will also be more dynamic and offer you challenges that you won’t find in a company where you are doing the same thing over and over.