Do you have a low paying job or are you feeling like you’re just not making enough to ever obtain any amount of success? I believe that we all, if not most of us, have thought this very same thing…and most likely, there are many of who still feel the same way after trying to climb our way to the top over the last twenty, thirty or forty years!
I know for a fact that we all, including yourself, have many dreams and hopes of being paid for what we believe we’re worth one day. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t seem to ever turn out for most of us, nor the people around us.
As a matter of fact, there was a survey completed by CareerBuilder.com that found that over 65 percent of full-time employees in the USA are still not currently earning their desired salary. For this reason, I’d like to present to you today 5 Ways to Still Be Successful in a Low Paying Job.
Before I get into these five ways to still be successful, I just want to point out that there are many various reasons that we all decided to take jobs that we believe are “below our pay grade”…but yet we accept them anyways and sign our name on the dotted line. So first, we’ll cover the Top 5 Reasons We Accept Low Paying Jobs to begin with.
5 TOP REASONS WE ACCEPT LOW PAYING JOBS:
1- To add “experience” to our resume and knowledge base.
2 – Just to “get our foot in the door” of a company we desire to work for in hopes that one day soon we’ll be able to get the actual job that we believe we’re qualified for.
3 – Because we’re “very far behind on all our bills and we’ve got to just get something to get by and put food on the table.”
4 – Because the “wife had a baby and you had to get a second job to replace the income she had come in while she was working before the pregnancy.”
5 – Because you got in trouble with the Law and nobody will hire you for your desired, higher paying position, so you have to take the lower paying jobs just to keep a roof over your head.
Any of these five sound painfully familiar?
I’ve been there before myself and can clearly see that at least 3 out of the 5 have applied to my work circumstances in the past…
….SO DON’T FEEL ALONE!
-1- Gain the Much Needed Experience
If you accepted a job because it was “the only one out there” or because there just didn’t seem to be anything better, then there is no better time than the present to begin working on the build up your knowledge through experience. Be sure to educate yourself by absorbing all of the training the company/job offers and continuing to ask your management for advice on how to “grow and improve” your position including information on any company workshops that they may offer.
You may also want to check into whether or not your company offers what’s called, “Tuition Reimbursement.” Why? Because you could utilize that to continue your education and end up potentially earning a certifications, degrees, accolades, acknowledgements, awards, etc. that will all play a role in helping you obtain higher raises, advancements, promotions, or maybe even the “Holy Grail” of a job title that you’ve always wanted to be.
-2- SEEK TO MAKE SOLID, LASTING RELATIONSHIPS / CONTACTS
Ever heard the term or phrase, “You are who you hang with?” Well, this can definitely be true in many ways, but specifically, when it comes to your career and/or job path, this can be a great “tool to have in your tool belt!” I have had a few different jobs in the past that I most likely would have never gotten on my own, but because I had known someone, or had befriended them along the way in life…when the opportunity arose, it was by that person’s recommendation that I landed the job. So treat your contacts like gold….because they can literally turn into cold hard cash sometimes.
-3- Know When It’s Time to Negotiate!
Obviously, this one isn’t for when you’re fairly new at a position, so don’t push your luck if you’re a newbie on the job…you might just lose your job on the spot. However, if you haven’t accepted the position yet, then you still have time and room for negotiation during the hiring process or towards the end of the final interviews.
The next best time to prepare for negotiations is after you’ve been on the job for a reasonable amount of time and you’ve proven your work ethics and dedication to the job title, to management and to the company and clients you serve. If you feel you deserve a raise, yet after negotiations you don’t get one, then you can always request a job title change or job position change.
This may be a very viable option for you, especially if you had previously taken on more or additional job responsibilities that what the job description actually called for when you first got hired. Plus, a more advanced job title can definitely make your Resume more impressive and can potentially help you obtain better job interviews in the future.
-4- WORK HARD…THEN ASK FOR A RAISE!
In another one of Career Builder’s awesome survey’s they conducted, it stated that over 56-Percent of employees / workers have “never asked for a raise!” When I found this out, it actually blew my mind! One thing I always say is, “If you never ask for it, you’ll never get it!” (an original quote by Jeremy David Wilson, founder of FiredOrDenied.com).
So what’s the point here?
The point is, if you know you’ve worked really hard, you’ve done your best or even above and beyond and you’ve maintained a positive attitude through it all (especially while in front of your managers), then there is absolutely NO reason that you should feel like you cannot ask for a raise in pay. Go ask for it now and quit making excuses!
Now if you’ve went and asked for one recently and the company or management stated that “well son, we just can’t afford to give you a raise at this date and time…” or if they say something like, “well you don’t do enough around here to deserve a raise…” then you may want to begin looking into other options or else begin working even harder, longer and with more passion than you ever had before so that next time you go in there to ask for that raise or promotion, You know for sure that they’ll have absolutely no excuse not to give it to you next time…….hopefully!
-5- DRESS FOR SUCCESS and ACT ACCORDINGLY
Have you heard that saying before also?….”You Gotta Dress for Success?”
I’m sure you have as we all have heard that before…and though many may say that it’s hogwash, other’s can attest for the truth in this statement. For instance, I had a young man submit an application to me personally once who was applying for a carpenter position that I was looking to fill in my general construction company, WilsonworksConstruction.com. The guy literally showed up to the interview wearing swim shorts, flip flops and a T-top undershirt and smelled like he hadn’t showered in three days! No Joke!
Needless to say, I the interview didn’t last very long at all and he walked away with….you guessed it….NO JOB! On top of that, he got upset with me and started raising his voice when I tried to give him a little advice on how to “Dress for Success” and be better prepared for his next interview. He even threw his keys at me! LOL!
So not only did he completely suck at dressing and grooming well for his job interview, but he also really sucked at creating and maintaining solid career relationships and/or contacts….because I could have been a great resource for him, or maybe even would have considered interviewing him again if he would have agreed to come back properly dressed and prepared then next time around…but no, he had to throw a fit on top of it. So his application went straight into the trash barrel.
I think you get my point on this one, so I’ll stop story telling for now.
FINAL NOTES AND THOUGHTS:
Now if you do in fact have one of these types of jobs of which you feel doesn’t pay you enough, or at least not as much as you think it should, then please understand that it does NOT mean that either you or your position is worthless at all!
So try to improve your mindset and turn the negatives into positives by using your time there in that role as a training ground or a training course for the job title / position that you are really aiming for…or to earn your next pay increase (a raise)…or possibly to become the manager of the very position you’re in now making You “the man in charge” for a change.
Or if absolutely NONE of this sounds even halfway exciting or encouraging, then maybe it’s time for you to consider other income options, non-traditional income options, and finally, take the steps it takes to finally “Be Your Own Boss“ once and for all.
Whatever your decision is, just remember that it is just that….YOUR DECISION. YOUR LIFE. YOUR CAREER. YOUR FUTURE. Don’t let it go to waste and don’t let it keep you down….Do something about it Today!
If you have any specific questions you’d like me to answer or any comments on the above article, please drop them in the comment box below and I’ll generally have you an answer within two to five business days.
I wish you all a great weekend on this BLACK FRIDAY weekend…careful not to spend all your money shopping!
All The Best,
Jeremy David Wilson, Founder