When you just finished college and are searching for a job, it is hard to know your worth, and you’ll at times take jobs that aren’t paying you for what you are worth. You might be working harder and longer than any other person in that company but still won’t be paid what you are worth because you don’t have any experience in that specific industry. I get how this feels because we have all been through this, and it is the make of the game when it comes to working your first official job. So, without further ado, let’s learn how you can prove your worth in your new workplace.
You have to build yourself from the ground up, and this is done by building your self-worth, self-awareness, and self-esteem. The latter is the most important thing you need to climb up the social ladder when it comes to the workplace, and you need to accept your weaknesses and celebrate your strengths. Be your own cheerleader because the workplace is cutthroat, and sure, you will make friends there, but it will mostly be to complain with each other. Work friends are also very important to have because no one else will understand the position you are in apart from them. Fine-tune your strengths and hide your weakness because the latter is the way for people to break you down. To quote lady gaga:
“There might be 100 people in a room, and 99 don’t believe in you, but one did.”
Be that person for yourself and believe in your worth.
Ask for feedback
Be direct and ask for feedback on your work because this is what will help you progress in the workplace. Take the feedback as constructive criticism and not as negative criticism; take the positive and leave the negative aside. Doubts and fear are natural and norms, but they don’t define our values. Acknowledge when you are praised because you are being shown that you are appreciated for the work you are doing. Get feedback not only from your co-workers and manager but also your close ones; this is how you can progress and will never plateau in life, and this will make you thrive for bigger and better opportunities, and this won’t let you stay in a job that you hate because you think that’s only what you are worth. Let people give honest feedback and take them into consideration and try to show them that you are listening to these criticisms and are working on them. This will show them that you are a good listener and take criticism positively. This is a personal tool for professional development.
Set boundaries, don’t overwork yourself for a company who isn’t paying you what you are worth, if you are working just for the experience, then bestie bite the bullet until you have enough experience to get a better and higher paying job and if you really feel undervalued, then get another job, because there are plenty of fish in the sea. At the end of the day, jobs don’t care about you and would replace you with a robot; the second, it becomes cheap enough. Treat your jobs (any jobs for that matter) as stepping stones to get where you want to be in life. Quit as often as necessary and definitely don’t sacrifice your worth, creative juices, and especially not your mental health for a low-paying job that doesn’t value you. The loyalty and logic that you have to stay in a company till you are 60 or retired even if you hate that job are unhealthy and a ridiculous standard. The point of working is getting ahead and creating a better life for yourself, and you should do anything you can (of course, this excludes hurting others) to do that. Communicate your value and know what you are worth. Then ask twice as much, because people will always pay your lower than what you are really worth!
Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next. I’ll end this spot with a quote from Casey Brown:
“No one will pay you what you are worth, they’ll only ever pay you what they think you are worth. Know your worth, then ask for it!”