Tag: salary negotiation


How Your Grit Can Help You Negotiate a Better Salary

My grandmother was the hardest working person I’ve ever known (not just woman, but PERSON). She had grit. And she knew how to value her hard work. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, allow me to share her story.

My Grandmother’s Grit

My grandmother worked in a textile mill for a total of 54 years, well beyond the age when most people retire. At the same time, she worked her and my grandfather’s farm until age 91. Because my grandfather couldn’t walk very well, my grandmother did much of the leg-work of running the farm. She also had a side-hustle doing alterations, and raised two children while doing all of this.

My grandmother could pick 100 gallons of strawberries in 90 degree heat at record speed. She was three times faster than people half her age. She was such a hard worker that when her shoe fell off while stooped over picking green beans, she never even stopped to put it back on. A few weeks later her sister noticed the shoe tangled up in some vines. She asked whose shoe it was. My grandmother responded casually, “Oh, it’s mine. I walked out of it and just kept going.”

My grandmother was such a hard worker that on the morning she had a major stroke and was paralyzed on one side of her body, she wouldn’t let my grandfather call 911. Instead she made him hold her up while she fixed breakfast for him with one arm. He had to sneak and call 911.

Know Your Worth

My grandmother was the hardest working person I ever knew, but there was one thing she wouldn’t do. She would never work a job that didn’t pay her fairly. In fact, when she had to enter a nursing home at age 91, she still wanted to work. So, she asked the nursing home director for a job. The director told her she could help deliver mail to the rooms, but they wouldn’t be able to pay her. She responded with, “No thank you.”

Don’t get me wrong. My grandmother was a very giving and generous person. She’d make sure everyone else had food in their stomachs and shirts on their backs long before herself. She denied herself a lot of things so others could have more. But she also understood her value, and never cheapened her skills.

My grandmother’s grit serves as an example to me, and hopefully to other women, that our skills and abilities are valuable in the workplace. We should not settle for a compensation not commensurate with our experience or the services we’re providing. Instead, we should stand up for what we’re worth, or be willing to walk away.

If you know you’re a hard worker and you’re good at your job, get the confidence to ask for what’s fair. Know your worth and negotiate that new job offer or that contract with a new client. Ask for your long over-due raise or promotion. Don’t demand this kind of respect, but instead, command it. And teach your daughters and granddaughters to do the same.

Need help improving your salary negotiation skills? paNASH can help! Email me to get started.

A Special Offer in Response to Unequal Pay

It’s no secret women earn less money than men do on average. To be exact, a recent article indicates in the United States women earn 21% less than men. That means, according to simple math, women earn only $.79 for every $1.00 a man earns. (Yet women’s haircuts cost at least 50% more than a man’s haircut – I know we have more hair, but still!)

Potential Reasons for Unequal Pay

The article sites a number of potential reasons for unequal pay, including a new theory about penalties for child bearing.

But as I’ve said before, I think part of the reason is also because women aren’t as confident or assertive in asking for more salary when negotiating a job offer as a man is. I see this a lot in my career coaching with my female clients.

That’s why I coach all my clients (male AND female) on how to ask for more during salary negotiations. There’s a way to do it successfully with finesse, regardless of your gender.

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Just for the Ladies!

To show awareness for the continuing gender gap, and in honor of National Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8th), I’m offering a 21% discount on all my on-demand coaching videos just for the ladies!

This discount is available for all women the entire month of March!

But don’t wait until the end of the month to take advantage of it. There are several useful resources to help you discover and pursue your passions, learn how to promote yourself, and prepare for a job search or career change either now or in the future.

Video Coaching Programs Include:

  • 5 Ways to Pursue Your Passions in Life & Work (this one just happens to be free for everyone!)
  • Personal Branding: How to Know What Makes You YOUnique and AWEthentic
  • Resumes That Get You the Interview: Surprising Secrets to Getting Your Resume Noticed
  • The Secret to Successful Networking: How to Do It Naturally and Effectively
  • Steps to Acing the Interview and Reducing Your Interview Anxiety
  • The 3 Super Powers of Successful Job Seekers: How to Stand Out Above Your Competition
  • Make More Money Without Taking a Second Job (bonus with purchase of video bundle)

Just enter the discount code GIRLPOWER18 at checkout to receive your discount either on individual programs or the video bundle.

A Note to the Men

If there are any men reading this, there’s nothing stopping you from using the discount code for yourself. 

But it’s my hope you would use the honor system and instead show your support by sharing this special offer with a woman you know could greatly benefit from it.

Resources For All

And of course paNASH offers a variety of resources for everyone. These resources including free ones like useful blog articles and initial consultations. They also include paid services like the on-demand video coaching and one-on-one personalized coaching for interviewing, salary negotiation, and more!

To inquire about additional services and schedule a complimentary initial consultation, please click here to complete the paNASH intake form.