Scared to negotiate your pay at a part-time contract job? Not to worry!
Negotiating your pay is just a normal part of starting a new job, or something you might consider after being at the same job for a while.
Just because your job isn't full-time doesn't mean you don't deserve fair pay.
Research the company you work for or plan to work for. Do you know anyone who works there that you could ask about pay?
You can use websites such as Glassdoor or LinkedIn to find out what others get paid (especially for large organizations).
What Is Your Target Pay Rate?
Set a target: how much would you like to be paid? This target rate will depend on your experience.
If this is a new job, what is the lowest amount you would be willing to work for? This will depend on your expenses. Always ask for more to start!
Your target should still be reasonable. Use the knowledge you have of the organization and that type of job to help you.
When would you negotiate your pay rate?
You have more responsibilities added
You bring a lot of experience to a job
You have been at a job for a while
All of these
Be Clear With Your Goals
Explain your long-term goals. Keep your negotiation based on your experience, your contributions, and responsibilities at the job.
Approaching your employer like this won't be very effective.
Instead focus on what you're doing well.
EXAMPLE: I have been a part-time tutor here at "Smarty Pants Inc." for 2 years. I have helped my clients boost their grades by at least a full letter grade on average.
What could you say to start a conversation with your boss about your pay?
We're talking now (Angry & rude)
Uhh... um... (Quick & improvised)
Can we talk at 2pm? (Prepared & calm)
Hurry and pay me more (Demanding)
Use your experience and skills to your benefit.
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