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Know Your Worth
10 Easy Steps to Learn What
Your Job Skills are Worth
- Check competitive salaries to know where you stand in the industry.
- Network, network, network. Talk to other people who have the same position as you do now - in person and at online discussion boards. Find out what their responsibilities are. Do you have skills they don't? Find out whom to talk to next.
- Know the opportunities for candidates with your skill set - in the same company, in different organizations and industries and in different segments of an industry.
- Become an expert at translating your skills into promotable working skills. Practice your one-minute "elevator story" until it convinces your friends and relatives.
- Immerse yourself in the industry. Know its environment, needs and trends. Be ready to leverage your skills when you see an opportunity.
- Join trade associations and network some more. There's no better way to assess how you're doing than to schmooze with other people in the business.
- Understand how pay is set in your industry. Understand how human resource departments establish compensation policies and how flexible they are.
- Check out salary survey sites on the Internet.
- Read the trade publications and the business press.
- Find a mentor.