Everyone would like to make six (or seven) figures in their base salary. As you begin your job hunting, it’s important to develop a strategy in every part of the career search process. Determining what you are worth, how much you are willing to settle for, and where you have an advantage to get more income from prospective employers should be a part of the strategy of how to get a job that pays you more money.
Salary calculators are your friend
The internet has provided people in the job hunt with another tool to make evaluating your value to an employer a little easier. Salary calculators have been developed by large job search engines, community based job search organizations, and national academic based groups who support collegiates. Depending on what type of job you are searching for, what level of position you want, and what industry you are in, you may want to use a different calculator.
In theory, all of the salary calculators should have the same information, right? Wrong. Some of them are very user friendly and others will take you several steps just to get to basic information. In some cases, the salary calculator is a way for the search engine to market educational institutions or jobs on their site. Others are going to provide ‘just the facts’ based on information from the Department of Labor or national job statistics. Determining which one is easiest and most accurate for you takes a little time and research, but it will be worth it when you get to the job offer stage of the interview process.
Details, details, details
Each of the different salary calculators will have ways to narrow down the information you want to retrieve. Take the time to find some positions you would want to post for first. In those job postings, look for keywords and titles that you could reference in matching similar positions on a salary calculator. For example, don’t use the title of Territory Business Manager when you really are at the level of a Sales Assistant. The information you get about national, regional, or local salaries will vary greatly depending on the job title and position descriptions.
Using a salary calculator is a good to get a rough idea of what pay you may expect to receive, but remember that there are several variables in why and what is included in a job offer. Knowing what extra skills or training you bring to the employer will help you identify what end of the salary range may be reasonable for you to expect.
Keep your options open
Try using the salary calculator to also assist you in determining what job titles may use your skills that you didn’t think about before. Sometimes job seekers get too tied up in the title, when the key is what the job description entails. Using a salary calculator could provide you new keywords to enter when searching for jobs online. Doing your research on this type of web based tool could open doors that you hadn’t thought about trying to open before.