Today, more than ever, knowledge is power. Specifically, expert knowledge gives you the power to command a higher salary and enjoy greater job security.
Let me explain.
No matter what field you’re in, experts make more money and are in more demand than non-experts. If you can make yourself into an expert and become recognized as such by your boss, you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.
It’s easier than you think. You can start today. Here are three ways.
1. Get smart.
One of the fastest ways to increase your value on the job is to keep learning. This can be as complex as getting your MBA or as easy as reading a book every week.
Whatever you do to increase your knowledge, make sure your boss knows about it! Completing a new degree or course, such as Microsoft’s MCSE certification, will give you a lot more bargaining power the next time you ask for a raise.
If you don’t have time to complete a formal training program, at least try to read heavily on work-related topics … then share your new knowledge the next time you chat with your manager.
2. Find a problem and solve it.
The most valued employees in any company are the ones who solve problems. Obvious, right?
But problems are everywhere, waiting to be solved. If you’re a neat freak, could you improve the office filing system? If you’re good with words, could you come up with 2-3 new ideas for your corporate brochure?
Whatever problems you tackle, your employer will be pleasantly shocked by your initiative. Solve enough problems and you can’t help but grow out of your current job … and into a better, higher-paying one.
3. Get recognition.
This one takes a bit more time, but the long-term payoffs are enormous.
Look around your city and industry. What associations could you become active in? What trade journals might publish your letter to the editor? What Web sites could you post comments on?
The more widely recognized you become in your field, the more pride your employer will take in having you on staff. And the easier you’ll find it to command a higher salary in your current or next job. It just makes sense.
People value experts highly. You can start increasing your expertise — and paychecks — today by increasing your knowledge, solving problems and becoming known in your industry.
Best of luck to you!