You’ve told us that you’re currently making not enough and would like to make more in 2021. Let us know if your goal is between $100K and $500K.
There are three great ways to set yourself up for increased earnings power in 2021.
Find a new job
We are almost back to the strong job market of last year. Among college-educated professionals, the unemployment rate is currently 4.0%, compared to 2.0% in January 2020. It shows we’ve made terrific progress after a challenging year.
Keep your resume updated and your ears open
Whether you’ve used our:
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An updated resume is key to generating better pay for yourself in 2021. It’ll give you confidence that you’ll be able to take advantage of any opportunities that arise this year. It also gives you a better handle on your 1-1s with your boss and your annual performance review.
Taking 2 hours now to update your resume will save you a full day or more in the future when you can’t remember all the good stuff you got done last year.
Outperform at work
With the economy recovering in 2021, it’s appropriate to follow the best strategies on getting a raise:
The best way to frame these achievements, of course, is to have had the conversation with your boss at the beginning of the year about what success looks like and what you need to do to earn a raise or promotion. Having the conversation, before the year begins, is the best way to know upfront what level of performance is required to earn rewards, raises, and promotions. And it’s the easiest way to align your boss with your career ambitions. If you missed having that chat this year, no worries, but put it on your agenda for early [in the year].
Have you had “the conversation” with your boss about expectations for this year? Have you put it in writing? Do you have an agreed-upon plan for helping you to get there?
Answering each of these questions is key to being more successful this year, and making a persuasive case that you deserve to earn more in 2021.