Getting a post secondary education is becoming an advantageous option for job seekers, especially if they've been laid off. These opportunities are said to be preparing many for the opportunity of working on some of the ‘green’ jobs that are up and coming within the industry. More specifically, the global environmental goods and services sector is said to double by the year 2020 and will become a $2.7 billion market by that time. The U.S. Department of Labor also has estimated that within the next ten years, the construction industry is going to have to recruit around 250,000 workers every year in order to keep up with demand. These are all workers that will need to be trained in order to work properly. Although the recession has been difficult, industry people within the renewable energy and green building sectors believe that things are going to improve because they have a large amount of demand associated with their services. Some employers are noting, however, there are skills gaps present within the workforce. This is becoming a growing concern. A survey conducted several years ago seemed to indicate that there was already a difficulty in finding employees experienced enough to work within the positions that were available. Energy’s sector is trying to focus on getting more young people into working in the industry. This would allow for more people who would be willing to be retrained in order to understand the new processes and various responsibilities that need to be accomplished in order for the jobs to be done correctly. It would provide more stimulation to the economy because the energy sector would be thriving and would be producing a higher level of demand on a regular basis. It has been said that job seekers who have technical experience or college experience are going to have the best chance at attaining these type of jobs. Another point that has been noted is that within the next five years, more than 40 percent of the energy sector’s employees are going to be eligible to receive retirement. More than half of the country’s workforce for this utility will be near the retirement age by 2016. This is another one of the key reasons why there is more of a focus of getting young people interested in the industry and active enough to keep it going on within the upcoming years. There are many other opportunities, such as data analysts and computer systems analysts, that are also expected to be in demand within the future. However, these are also positions that cannot be taken yet unless the individuals in question - job seekers - have had a post secondary education and have enough experience from college or a technical school to ensure that they know how to handle the procedures correctly. There are several issues that pertain to retraining the workforce. There are more positive aspects to these programs than negative, however. For this reason, many businesses are now taking on the task of retraining rather than rehiring or bringing individuals into a workforce they are not prepared for. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Maybe you like your job, but you’re just not where you want to be financially. What do you do? Apply for a position with a different company? Or approach your boss and ask for a salary increase?
The ability to negotiate a salary increase can place you in a better financial position: extra money can help you qualify for mortgage loans or refinancing, or if you’re trying to build a rainy day fund, a raise can jump-start these efforts. However, it’s important to research and know your value before approaching your boss.
In other words, you can only approach the conversation with a fair number in mind—based on the average salary for professionals in your industry with your experience and skill set. Of course, it isn’t enough to only research your value. You need to know the best ways to approach your boss.
Here are four things you should never say when asking for a raise:
1. Don’t Threaten To Quit
Some employees think they can get the upper hand by threatening to quit their job. However, this isn’t recommended, even if you’re prepared to follow through with the threat. Remember, the goal is to get on your manager’s good side, not tick them off. If you approach the meeting with an abrupt or aggressive attitude, your boss may not respond favorably—they may actually call your bluff!
A better approach is to explain how much you enjoy your work. Let your boss know that you're interested in growing with the company. Next, state your argument for a salary increase. Be professional and keep your negotiations brief.
2. Don’t Mention A Co-Worker’s Salary
If you learn that a co-worker in a similar position earns more than you, don’t mention this when speaking with your boss. There may be valid reasons why your co-worker earns more. Maybe they have an advanced degree, or maybe they took additional courses to improve their skill set. Then again, maybe they have more experience than you. Don’t immediately assume that your employer is giving you the short end of the stick.
Rather than bring up a co-worker's salary, you could say:
"I've been researching the going rate for this position, and the average salary for workers with my education and experience is _____. I feel that I've been doing a great job and would like to discuss increasing my salary."
3. Don't Choose The Wrong Time
Don’t ask your boss for a raise out of the blue, and you certainly shouldn’t ask during a meeting on an unrelated topic. Once you’ve completed your research, schedule an appointment to meet with your boss privately. Additionally, prepare for this meeting by practicing responses. In all likelihood, your boss will question why you want a salary increase. The way you answer this question can determine the outcome.
Prior to this meeting, compile a list of all your accomplishments during the last 12 months. When your boss questions your reasons, be ready to run down this list and mention any other selling points. For example, you can mention any classes you've recently taken, and if it's been years since your last raise, bring this to your manager's attention.
4. Don’t Whine About Your Personal Problems
Do you have debt? Do you need to complete repairs around your house? Was your spouse laid off? These are all valid reasons to negotiate a salary increase. Understand, however, that your personal problems are not your manager’s problems. They no doubt will empathize or sympathize with your situation, but you shouldn’t expect them to automatically fix your problems by increasing your salary. Not that you shouldn’t ask for a higher salary, but keep the focus on your performance.
You could say:
"In the past ___ months I've taken on several new responsibilities (list them), and I know that you were satisfied with many of my suggestions and changes."
Getting paid your worth can improve job satisfaction. And if you’re already completing assignments outside your job description, why not take a chance and approach your boss? They just might comply with your request. Just remember to avoid making these four mistakes when asking for the raise you deserve!
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.