Don’t Deflate. Negotiate.

Have you ever found yourself in this particular situation? Despite the drizzling rain outside your bedroom window, you wake up feeling optimistic about life because it’s your review day and you’re expecting a hefty salary increase. Not because you’ve been eyeballing that Valentino “Rockstud” leather clutch. Of course not. But because you’ve actually put in the labor. Late hours at the office, work-related email check-ins between your favorite TV shows on Saturday nights, and turning around projects a week before the deadline. Super Woman has nothing on you, but yet why do you feel powerless once you’re sitting face-to-face with your boss during YOUR annual review? Two things. You don’t believe in yourself and…you don’t believe in yourself.

Getting the salary you deserve requires confidence and the ability to express your feelings about your contributions to the company in a calm and professional manner. Even if you don’t get the extra dividends you put in all that extra work for (possibly due to budget concerns) that doesn’t mean you should walk away feeling worthless. Set new goals for yourself and ask for a 6 month review. You might be surprised what comes of a bit more preparation and persistence. Remember, as long as you consistently prove that you are an invaluable employee, the ball is always in your court.

And if you have to move on to a company that is willing to compensate you for your loyalty and talent, make certain to get that recommendation letter!

Read more about 5 Reasons Why You Should Negotiate Your Salary at Huffington Post.

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