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5 Ways to Boost Your Salary in 2013

1. Enhance your education. Few things can impact your salary like earning a higher degree. In almost any field, information is changing rapidly, and staying current is crucial to enhancing your value to your employers. In addition to updating your proficiency, furthering your education will show a high level of commitment to your chosen field. In many cases, you can continue working while attending night school or online classes, and your employer may be willing to provide financial assistance. Getting information on advancing your education is the first step

2. Test the market. Things may have changed significantly since the day you were hired. Your skills and experience may be in much higher demand, and that demand means more pay. Research your job on our website to find out how your salary compares with the range and median for your profession. Check several job listings sites to find out what opportunities exist outside your company. The pay you made when you started is nearly irrelevant, it’s your current market value that counts.

3. Make your work more visible. You already work hard, you deserve to be rewarded for it. Volunteer for projects that will make your boss look good, share your projects with your superiors when you finish them, and push your name into the spotlight. It’s also a good idea to make a list of your responsibilities within the company and find ways to expand it. Employers love when you jump at the chance to take on more responsibility, and it gives you the chance to shine.

4. Ask for it. In many ways this goes hand in hand with number three because the more valuable you seem to your company, the smoother this meeting will go. The fact is, many employers are too busy to notice a disparity between the work you do and what you’re compensated. In many cases they may agree to a raise immediately, especially if they risk losing your skills and work ethic to a competitor. Be respectful and give reasons that support your request, and you may just get it!

5. Earn additional certifications and accreditations. Many employers will consider additional related certifications a plus, and are willing to pay you for your expertise. Find out which ones apply to your field and what you’ll have to do to earn them. Consider approaching your employer beforehand to discuss your idea. They may even be willing to cover the cost of the training. Remember, you’re a valuable asset to them, and they want to keep you sharp and happy!

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