In today’s society, a minimum-wage job barely gives you enough money to cover all of your expenses. Especially when it comes to childcare costs, mortgage/rent/car payments, and your monthly household bills. Then, there are surprise expenses like doctor visits or car repairs. If you’re lucky, you may end up with a little extra money at the end of the month to do something fun like go to the movies or grab dinner with friends.
Many people work multiple jobs and still live paycheck to paycheck. And, with the average company raise averaging 3%, employees are constantly feeling pressured to switch companies in hopes they will make more rather than trying to climb the corporate ladder at their current job.
So, are there steps you can take to get a good-paying job? The answer is ‘yes.’ Here’s how
1. Become an expert in your field – Make yourself more attractive to employers by building your personal brand and marketing yourself as an expert in your industry. There are a variety of ways you can do this, which include:
- Speaking at conferences
- Being a guest on radio shows or podcasts
- Writing about your experience in your industry on a blog
- Posting frequently on social media
- Creating informative videos and uploading them on sites like YouTube
- Picking up part-time work as an advisor
2. Expand your skill set by cross-training – Strengthen your resume by showing you’ve learned skills in other areas of expertise. Create cross-training opportunities by asking your boss to work on specific projects or tasks to help the company reach its goals.
3. Enhance your leadership skills – To help demonstrate leadership, offer to mentor any new hires, lead training conferences, develop volunteer programs, etc. Then, of course, there’s always working your way up to a management position where you will oversee staff and be responsible for more job duties.
4. Take intelligent risks – If you feel like you can do a position well, push yourself out of your comfort zone and apply for it, even though landing the job may seem like a stretch. Sometimes it’s the only way to make a significant salary leap. Focus on the skills and expertise you can provide and demonstrate how you can add them to the company’s bottom line.
Another way to increase your paycheck is by applying for the LifeWorks program provided by The Jobs Partnership in collaboration with churches and volunteer teams. The innovative, no-cost 12-week training course connects you to the people and resources you need to get on the right path to a high-paying career. For more information, call us today at 407-641-0755 or apply online.