Stop Accepting 3% Raises
The frozen job economy is breaking up.
Even though the ice flow is still moving slowly, we're told by Monster.com that employers had better give raises this year to the employees without whom the "bus wheels would fall off."
And we're getting two or three new clients a week who need salary negotiation advice to make the most of a new job offer.
I recently talked to LearnVest about using that new offer to negotiate a promotion or raise at your current shop. A few other experts also weigh in with best salary negotiation practices at The Art of the Counteroffer: Can It Help You Land a Raise?
The answer is "yes" particularly when you've gotten used to accepting 2 to 3% annual raises or no raise at all.
If you want expert advice tailored to your particular situation, take Lisa's June course, Strategic Conversations: How to Network, Influence, Negotiate and Lead.
How much harder did you work last year? That's what I thought. Damn hard. So a 3% raise is not really a raise at all.