Hell Yeah There's A Glass Ceiling Girl! Four Signs That You May Be Building Yours Yourself
With Wage Day coming up, and women's history month and Black history month in the rearview, I have money on my mind. Black women make 66 cent on the dollar to their white male counterparts but let's be clear girl--you may be guilty of choosing to leave money on the table!
Here are four signs that it's time for a change:
1. You routinely notice how overqualified you are for your role but are not actively seeking new opportunities
There are so many ways to assess your skills and strengths but even our gut sometimes says "I'm too [insert delightful adjective] for this job." When your gut, your resume, or your StrengthsFinder speaks? You should listen girl. If you know you can do better, what's stopping you? If there is no path for advancement in your current job, consider what you might be able to do to create the path for yourself! Or self-promote. Update that resume and your LinkedIn, have informational interviews, and show yourself that you're worth the effort it takes to try something new.
2. You have never asked for a raise
You've been at your current gig long enough to earn equity and prove your value, but you haven't spoken with your manager about merit based pay increases or how your review impacts pay raise discussions. Further, you didn't even attempt to negotiate when you got this salary offer so maybe you feel a little salty about that potential missed opportunity. My sister, you may be leaving money on the table. Go try to get that sh!t!
3. You are working in a field that chronically underpays
This one is disheartening girl. A lot of passion driven work sells the story that what you don't earn in dollars and cents is made up for in love, hugs, dress down days, and other nonsense that doesn't pay any damn bills. You have to decide what your time and talents are really worth! And are you sure that within that range of too-low salaries, you're making what you should in comparison to others based on credentials, experience, and other factors? I'm just saying. If you're not in a situation where you can build a life with what you're earning? You better chase the bag, honey.
4. You, with all of your #blackgirlmagic, do not get any critical feedback from your supervisor
Of all four of the ways you might be building your own glass ceiling, this one might be the sneakiest. Feedback is the way to get better, and it is a gift. If you're in a place where no one is telling you what can be better in your work, then things need to change. You cannot build a professional brand without knowing where you can grow just as well as what your assets are. Ask for feedback and aggressively take inventory of it when you get it! Not every critique deserves to take up real estate in your mind but some does! And learning will make you better.
What do y'all think of this? Guilty of any of these? Tell us how you are making your career climb! What resources do you need?