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Wage checklist

    • Conduct research on employee rating portals such as Kununu, Glassdoor & Co,

    • use wage calculators such as Salarium or lohnrechner.ch

    • talk to people on your skill level and within your industry about wages, particularly questioning men with similar qualifications.

    • Be persistent. Ask several times. This will eventually pay off. Make a personal appointment with your superior. Subject: personal development.

    • Start the conversation with affirmative, supportive words, emphasize commonalities such as " I like to work with you", "we want the same thing". If you are welcoming, you will receive more goodwill in return (psychology: reciprocity).

    • Define a salary threshold for yourself and slap a quarter on it. Superiors will automatically negotiate you down. But if they reject the first lofty demand, they're more likely to agree to the second, slightly lower demand.

    • When switching careers, set your target salary high and, most importantly, increase the base (compared to your last job). From a once negotiated base level, you will not move on so easily.

    • For I'm worth it: compile your personal glory list, note all your successes, achievements, extraordinary contributions and projects. Remember: cheers for soft skills, cross-disciplinary skills such as communication, teambuilding. They are in high demand in the new world of work (New Work & Innovation). All the while, be confident and realistic.

    • Prepare for the meeting by role playing with friends or relatives. This allows you to think it all through, as well as gain confidence and be better prepared for the conversation. If that fails, seek the help of a coach.

    • It's the small stuff: a clear and calm voice and sitting in upright position goes a long way.

    • Listen carefully and sense where your superior can be more flexible and where she cannot. If she deflects and stonewalls, start asking questions: that's interesting, could you tell me more about the underlying reasons? That may lead closer to a compromise.

    • If you do not come to an agreement, negotiate an increase in entry level salary after a few months of probation. Have this written down in your contract.

    • If you feel thrown off guard by a proposal, don't decide right away and ask for reflection time.

    • more vacation days,
    • Further education
    • home office, more flexible working (new work)
    • Taking over telephone, w-lan costs, co-working space subscriptions, travel expenses.
    • Assistance with childcare costs, transportation.
    • Participation and visibility at industry events (speakers).
    • Better job title (boost to LinkedIn).
    • Performance bonus later in the year.
    • Share options, associate options
    • Recruitment bonus