You’d think with all the emphasis on tertiary education that one needs a degree in order to land a high paying job. But the truth is, in today’s climate it really doesn’t have as much relevance as it once used to. Instead, here are some more relevant strategies to land that job that not only covers the bills but also leaves room for pursuing the things you enjoy! We’ve taken a look at various ways to get that paycheck you’re dreaming of, some will involve a bit of risk, others don’t take much more than a few hours an evening and they will all gradually move you closer to your goal.
Upskill and Away!
Perhaps the most important of all the things you can do is to upskill. There is no shortage of companies out there providing courses to expand your skillset. From Coursera to Udemy to the expensive Master Class series there are so many places you can go to learn about tech industry skills, art, music, writing, management, marketing and list goes on! There is no excuse anymore for not expanding your knowledge base when there are so many free platforms available to do so. The current trend of gig work means companies often outsource for special or unusual skills. If you can demonstrate an ability to fill that gap they will be happy to keep it inhouse and compensate well for it.
You Won’t Know If You Don’t Ask
Sometimes you don’t even have to look outside of your current company to find better opportunities. If your workload has increased but your salary hasn’t, compile the evidence to support you and go ask for raise! You may well find that they are happy to do so. You can also discuss other open positions in the company with the HR department. There might be something in a different department that is the perfect fit for you and pays better!
Know Thy Enemy, Know Thy Company Better
One of the most valuable sets of information you can gather is that of the companies you would like to work for. Useful information such as statistical analysis released by public companies is one example of data you can use to determine the financial health of the company you’re interested in. Understanding the company’s capacity and its strengths and weaknesses will help you determine your future at that company. The more you know of the company, the better a contribution you could make.
Be An Expert In Your Field
Building your brand is a concept that has been with us for some time now and we’re mostly caught up with it, but it is not the only way to make yourself more attractive to prospective future employers. Social media is an extensive, multi-faceted platform for sharing information and has put billions of people in touch with people they would never have met in any other way. Podcasts, video channels, e-books and even blogs are how people find most of the experts who are invited to speak at conferences and other events, what better way to become known and appreciated for your expertise.