what to do if you’re turned down for a raise or promotion

June 10, 2014

So you put together a compelling case for a raise or promotion, pitched it to your manager, and got turned down. What are you supposed to do next? At Intuit QuickBase’s Fast Track blog today, I talk about your first next steps (none of which involve quitting in a huff or putting magical curses on […]

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should I worry that I’m being overpaid?

May 26, 2014

A reader writes: I hesitate to ask this question because it reminds my girlfriend who complains about being too skinny (and I just want to deck her), but here goes: I started working for a for-profit corporation after years of working for nonprofits. My current salary at the for-profit was already a significant raise from […]

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when do I start negotiating salary?

May 21, 2014

A reader writes: I have a question about negotiation. For context, I should mention that I’m currently a teacher whose salary and benefits are set by our union contract. Negotiation hasn’t really been a factor for me in the past, because we can’t individually negotiate on much. Next week, I have an interview for a […]

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my coworker makes more money than me, but we do the same work

May 21, 2014

Discovering that your coworker is paid a more than you can feel like a slap in the face, even if you were previously happy with your salary. Finding out about a pay disparity can feel profoundly unfair and can make you wonder if your employer doesn’t value you as much as you thought they did. […]

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refusing more work unless you get a raise or promotion

May 16, 2014

This was originally published on November 20, 2012. A reader writes: Can and how do I professionally decline additional duties/ responsibilities unless I receive a pay raise or promotion? Background: I’ve been in the same position for almost 4 years. I’ve been promised multiple pay raises (including to bring me up to industry standard), which […]

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should you always negotiate salary?

May 7, 2014

A reader writes: I received a job offer for more than I expected. I had told them my range earlier in the process, and they came in a little over that. I’m thrilled!  I know that I’m supposed to always negotiate, but does that hold true when I’m happy with their initial offer? I feel weak […]

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7 questions to ask yourself before asking for a raise

March 17, 2014

Thinking about asking for a raise? Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about seven questions to ask yourself first, to make sure that you’ve positioned yourself as strongly as possible for a yes, including: When was my last raise? Do I know what the market value is for my work? Am […]

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how much money do you make, part 2

February 7, 2014

When I asked people last week to anonymously share how much money they make, I had no idea that we’d get nearly 2,000 responses. A lot of people suggested putting the data in a spreadsheet or other format that would allow us to group it by categories or otherwise make it more useful. This is […]

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should you ever negotiate salary through email?

February 4, 2014

A reader writes: I am in the midst of negotiating salary for a new position. My sister recently completed a salary negotiation through email, and suggested I do the same. We are in slightly different situations, as she accepted an offer from an academic institution and my potential employer is a private sector company. What […]

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how to avoid giving employers your salary history

January 29, 2014

Speaking of salary, as we were in that last post: It’s annoying as hell to be asked to give your salary history when applying for a new job, and it’s no secret that employers use that information to figure out what salary you’re likely to accept from them – which puts candidates in an unfair […]

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