Chances are you're looking to keep your career progression on track with increased responsibility and increased salary. So how exactly do you go about making the leap into a more lucrative position? Here are some tips to help you land that higher-paying job.
"It's not so much about your resume anymore, but the people you know, and the people they know," says Rachelle Falls, HR pro, blogger and conference speaker. She says people often think they aren't well connected enough, but fail to realize they can be, with a few simple steps.
First, scan your social media connections for people with a job you'd like to have, then look through your contacts. "Reach out and ask for a coffee meeting or a quick phone call," Falls says. Most people will enjoy talking about their job and passing on advice to an up-and-comer.
If you can't find anyone in your contacts with a specific job you'd want, widen your search and tell people you'd like to be introduced to someone in that arena.
Next, embrace Twitter. Use it to find thought leaders in your industry. Follow them, read the articles they post, participate in chats they host, and begin a conversation.
Learn what you're really worth
If you want a higher salary, you need to go into a job search with realistic expectations. "Research the market rate of the position you're seeking," says HR manager Rory Trotter. "Many companies' salary ranges are largely driven by market survey data. As such, if a recruiter asks what you're seeking for a position you should be able to give a well-researched, market-driven answer that reflects what you're willing to work for." PayScale is a great place to start your research.
Consider the big picture
Don't focus so much on the higher salary that you end up with a nightmare of a job. Instead, consider the intangibles a new position will bring, such as great mentors and challenging opportunities.
Do the math
When you do get that next offer and the salary bump, make sure to run the numbers and see if it will actually be an increase. It's important to consider total compensation and factors including commute time, travel requirements, relocation costs and cost of living.