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Want to get a raise? Here’s what it’ll take.

Want to get a raise? Here’s what it’ll take.

There was an interesting question at our Weploy event the other week.

The question was from a lady who had been in the same job for over 10 years, and felt like she wasn’t getting paid her worth.

“I’m working hard, I do the job well, but I’m still underpaid.
How do I get a raise?”

She wanted to know how to show her bosses that she was worth more, because what she was getting paid was quite low – even for the type of job that she was in.
Sadly, I didn’t get to answer her question – so I’d like to address it now, because I’m sure many other people are in the same boat.

The first mistake people make is they think that the more tasks you do, the harder you work, the higher your pay should be.

This is not how the world works.
When you’re working hard and doing your tasks – it means you’re doing your job.
You’re doing what you’re being paid for.

This doesn’t mean you deserve a higher pay
- you’re still doing the exact same job!

Something you need to understand is that you do not get paid more money based on how long you’ve been at the company.
You do not get paid for how hard you work, or for how fast you get the job done.
If you work hard on getting the job done, you’re getting the task done, and that’s great.

You’re doing your job well.

But that doesn’t mean you’re going to get a raise.

Tenure and hard work DO play a small role in how much you get paid, but since you’re doing the same tasks, you’ll hit a ceiling pretty fast.
It’s not about how many calls you made that day, how many reports you wrote, or anything like that.

So how can you earn more money?

To get a raise, you need to change the way you solve problems.
Because, at the moment, the problems that you’re solving are at a certain level – it doesn’t matter if you’re on 50k, 100k, 200k.

The problems that you’re solving at a certain level will be different at the next level.
You need to learn what the problems at the next level require, and then learn the skills to solve those problems.

Look at somebody who is in a senior role – maybe your manager, and think about it from their point of view – what sort of problems do they have to solve on a daily basis?

How do they solve them?

Look at the problems you’re facing, and think about how they would solve it.
They’re using completely different techniques than how you’re solving it.

That’s how you can move up in your career and get paid more, because your ability to solve problems is what determines your worth.

That’s the only way you’re going to earn more money.

In order to show that you’re ready for that next level, and ready to get a raise, you’ve got to change the way you solve problems.

The key thing to remember…


You need to move away from task-based thinking.
If you’re trying to progress up your career, you need to change from being task-based to doing more strategic thinking.

Think of it like this:

How can you reduce the amount of calls you need to make, or the reports you need to write.

How can you streamline/automate your tasks? Make things so you don’t actually have to be there, and it’s going to be done for you automatically?

You’re paid for the way you think, so if you can think of ways you can make things more efficient, run smoothly and faster, you’re actually adding a lot more value to the company, than just by completing tasks.

This is how to get noticed and show you’re ready to move on to the next level.


Until next time,

Thai Ngo.

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