Now you should have come to the conclusion that it is virtually impossible to get a substantial raise when employed in the same organisations. Things may look a bit gloomy, but you see there are other people out there who are paid better. So what do they do?
Well, first of all, I think we need to get over the frustration that this system often leads to. We could, naturally, try to change the culture and practice — I welcome all policy work — but in the meantime, you should be paid what you are worth. This involves understanding this system and navigating the landscape it presents according to the premises that exist. You will need to be in charge of where you are going.
There are two pivotal moments for your salary to change, but in fact, these two are not necessarily the two you think of. As we have shown, your salary talk will lead only to an insignificant percentage that may not even cover inflation. By that, you shouldn’t consider this event as important at all. On the other hand, it is absolutely crucial that you sign for a salary that you will feel satisfied with when you start a new position. You might want to revise the first lesson of this course now you understand that your first salary negotiation is your only chance to get decent pay for the position in question.
But what about that second pivotal moment? If the first one is your initial salary negotiation and the second one is not your salary review, what can it be?