!! Touchy subject alert !!
Most people I know, are usually are very reluctant when it comes to saying the amount of salary they earn.
Yet, these people are first in line to complain about how little they earn or show off with their brand new BMW or Gucci bag.
I understand however. It’s a part of privacy.
The reason why I am curious is because it’s always said that women earn less than men.
This is an announcement from our good and reliable (ahum) friend: M E D I A.
So everybody assumes that this an absolute truth.
The other day my mum “advised” me to go my manager and ask for a raise.
“As a woman you probably get paid less!!”.
There goes the cliche again.
“Do you even know what my job is?”, I replied.
End of conversation.
I can’t blame her.
My job title isn’t really a standard one and my tasks are hard to describe if you don’t have any background in this field.
You probably wouldn’t know many people with the same job tittle.
Right after my education, I started working in Denmark.
The salaries are usually higher than in the Netherlands.
But the cost of living is also shockingly higher.
After some years, I started a job hunt in the Netherlands.
I knew salary negotiation wasn’t going to be easy, but I decided to stay persistent on certain salary range. And I always have.
In the 3 job switches I had in the past 7 years, salary was a topic I would discuss in the first meeting with the potential new employer.
If that’s something we won’t be agreeing on, it’s better to know straight away to not waste each other’s time.
I always kept reminding myself that my CV is more than decent for my age.
Plus, I have never even considered lowering my standard of living.
Sometimes managers tell you to start at a lower salary and promise it will grow.
Don’t believe that, ever.
It will either never happen or not as rapidly as you would want to.
Men might be a bit more arrogant when it comes to salary.
Women might be a bit more insecure or modest.
But I honestly believe that managers admire realistic ambition.
So women all over the world, can you promise to be a bit more persistent but still realistic about salary when you are going to start job interviews?
– Thank you.
Do you think women earn less than men? Who is to “blame?”