It's all about being confident and fighting for what is rightfully yours.
Gathering up the courage to ask your boss for a raise is probably as nerve racking as being chosen for the hunger games—Once you're in, you don't know if there's a way out. When you're a woman, that pressures multiples by tenfold.
But it really shouldn't be that way. Let's be completely honest here. Women have faced unfair pay rates for years and yet progress still hasn't been made. You excel at your work, make connections and climb up the corporate ladder, only for it to be yanked right under you when money is brought into play.
Don't let this fear of being told "No" stop you.
You work hard for your money—Why shouldn't you fight for the pay that you deserve?
The pay gap has impacted women for a very long time. However, there are a few times where it isn't the sole factor in your situation.
So here's the deal. Life coach Dr. Lisa Kaplin raises an excellent point that if you're going to ask for a raise, wait until you're positive that you do deserve it.
People don't always take their work ethics, project success rate, and other accomplishments into consideration. Even though this may sound pretty straightforward, you'd be surprised by the amount of employees who charge forward without set direction or goals.
Don't let yourself fall into this trap.
If you're serious about that promotion, you need to get your head in the game. What visuals can you provide your boss with that show just how incredibly skilled you are at your job? How does your dedication translate on paper?
These questions should be in your game plan (after all, they are standard practice). If not, you may want to do some re-evaluating!
So you have the proof to back up your BOSS LADY qualities. Now, what?
That's only half of the battle. Sometimes, our nerves get the best of us and we end up choking. Here's the brutal truth. If you're not confident that you need that raise, your boss won't be either. It's all about being assertive and putting your best forward.
Take it from us, running around in circles won't do you any favors. So you may get turned down.
The point is that you know you tried. It's also the perfect opportunity for you to get clear benchmarks on how you can improve your work in the future.
Just keep your eye on the prize and you'll cross that finish line.
Tavi Gevinson began with a fashion blog called Style Rookie featuring pictures of her in various outfits and commentary on the latest fashion trends that began drawing upwards of 30,000 readers a day. Tavi was 11 years old at the time. Tavi began drawing creative inspiration outside of fashion so in 2011, when she was 15 years old, Gevinson founded Rookie Magazine and became its editor in chief. Rookie Mag is written for young women, by young women about the issues that impact them the most. In her first editor's letter for the magazine, Tavi wrote: "I don't have the answers. Rookie is not your guide to Being a Teen. It's not a pamphlet on How to Be a Young Woman. It is, quite simply, a bunch of writing and art we like and believe in."
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Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp totally get you. They know it's beyond frustrating shopping for ANYTHING beauty related online. It's essentially the same thing as shopping in the dark; you have no idea what you're buying. So one day in 2010, in their campus apartment at Harvard, Hayley and Katia started Birchbox. They wanted a way for people to be able to test beauty products before purchasing and have now connected with hundreds of brand partners that provide samples to send out to 100,000 subscribers. If you like the sample, you can purchase the full size version easily in the Birchbox store. Barna and Beauchamp were college friends that set out to create the ultimate 360 buying experience and creating a massive startup in the process.