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This Post Will Make You Money, Or At Least Show You How To #AskForMore


At PowerToFly we frequently encounter women's “confidence gaps", especially when we ask a talent to state her desired monthly rate or yearly salary.

Here are some tips for overcoming that gap so you can receive the pay you deserve.

1. Find out the standard rates for your industry.

A good place to start with salary calculations is to determine what people who do your job are making. You can use sites like Glassdoor, Salary, PayScale, and JobStar to find average industry rates. Keep in mind that information is location specific. Salaries in New York City, for example, tend to be higher because the cost of living is much higher.2.

2. How much do you need? 

Calculate your expenses, taking into account your situation and your personal needs. Are you single or supporting a family? Do you live in an expensive area or share rent costs with family members? How much do you need to live (and save) each month?

3. Consider your skills and experience.

What do you bring to the table? Do you have an advanced degree and 10 years of experience, or are you just starting out? You can ask for more if you're ready to step into a leadership position. If you're more junior with a lot to learn, consider the fact that you're earning experience as well as a salary.

4. Don't be afraid to negotiate!

Negotiation is a normal part of the hiring process and employers respect you for it, if done correctly. As Elizabeth Plank explains, "As women, we're taught from a very young age to please and make others happy. But, the thing with negotiation is that if you're doing it right, it actually shouldn't be comfortable for any of the parties involved...My best advice for women is to embrace the awkwardness of negotiation."

Just remember that you're not fighting a battle, you are finding a compromise that works for both parties and leads to a healthy, long-term working relationship.

5. Respect yourself and ask for what you're worth.

Many women fear that asking for too much may ruin their prospects, but companies want confident employees who respect themselves. A woman who can't negotiate a good rate for herself probably can't do the same thing for the company! A good employer understands that.

6. Leave Room For Negotiation! 

If you want to make at least $55,000 annually, leave room to meet in the middle by asking for $60,000.

So, have you created a profile on PowerToFly yet? If not, you should. It’s time to elevate your value — get noticed and interviewed by some of the best hiring managers on the planet.



How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.


[VIDEO ▶️ ] Diversity at Work: Procore’s Approach

💎 What does a recruiting process with "diversity at work" in mind look like?

📼 Press PLAY to hear some insights from a recruiter at Procore into what it's like to work at a company that encourages diversity. Cynthia Griffin, Senior Talent Operations Specialist at Procore, shares some tips and tricks to stand out in the recruitment process at Procore.

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5 Tips for Career Switchers: Insight from Work & Co’s Sarah Mogin on Making Use of Your Past Lives

Sarah Mogin never used to like writing open-ended essays in school. She found herself much more motivated by tangible problems.

Calculus had some of those—she never had trouble with her math homework—but when she was in school she never envisioned just how much she could incorporate that love of solution-finding into her daily work, much less that she would have a career as a developer one day.


Supporting Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Only 4% of companies that say they value diversity consider disabilities. Even fewer include learning and thinking differences.

While neurodiversity is a concept that is gaining more awareness, many employers have still not fully grasped the importance (and benefits) of understanding neurodiversity and how to effectively incorporate and retain neurodivergent individuals in their organizations.


[VIDEO ▶️ ] Are You the Right Candidate for the Job? Tips From a Helm Recruiter

💎 Wondering how you can show up as the right candidate for the job?

📼 Press PLAY to hear some insight from a recruiter at Helm into what the right candidate for the job looks like in an interview. Alayna Sye, Helm's Senior Technical Recruiter, knows an applicant is going to be the right for the job usually after the first conversation. Find out exactly what will make you stand out, as well as the steps for the application process at Helm.

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