Salary negotiations are scary.
But for black women, they can be downright frightening.The inherent barriers black women already face mean that failing to successfully earn the right pay can have disproportionate long-term ramifications. There is a possibility
On average, black women earn 58 cents for every dollar the average white man makes in a year, and it takes 263 days a year to catch up.
Arika Pearce esq. She knows this struggle and is working to change it.
“My entire adulthood was a series of sink-or-swim moments,” the career strategist shared on her website. Luckily, every time I chose to swim, I had to take a lot of risks and step outside my comfort zone to be successful. has shaped my life and guided me to break down barriers I didn’t even know were possible.”
After successfully climbing her way to leadership positions in federal and government relations, she said she learned her fair share of corporate acumen. But her wisdom was at first masked by fear.
“I was thrilled to get these incredible promotions, but there was definitely a lot of what is now called imposter syndrome.” I was just scared of you, I had a lot of eyes on me, especially as a black woman, and there are people inside the company who are asking themselves why I got the position, but they don’t. So I took my own professional development very seriously I read all the books I built a network of mentors I attended conferences , worked to be a more effective communicator, had someone stretch me, present if there was an opportunity to learn different things, etc. I was really into that. came to seek advice from
After years of providing advice, Pierce realized he needed to focus solely on this skill set, so he quit his job to start his own workplace and leadership consultancy. She also compiled everything she knows in the book I Can. To do. Look at me. In it, she offers actionable insights on career progression, especially how to seek and get more money.
“One of the things I think is important, especially when it comes to us as Black women, especially in this environment, is to keep our heads down and work hard and let our results speak for themselves. You really have to get rid of the whole concept of,” she told ESSENCE. “And I think that’s what a lot of us were taught. I feel uncomfortable claiming things. created this” should be comfortably said. And that’s the first thing. It is a change of mindset that must occur. I just told someone this week, ‘Aren’t you proud of the truth? you are just stating facts. Practice these daily in front of the mirror so that high-stakes conversations literally come out of your mouth. The second, and very basic, is to record your accomplishments. Make sure you are actually recording your worth and results all the time, if not every day. Especially when you can relate them to numbers and metrics. and something of value to your organization. ”
One easy way to track your progress, she suggests, is to send your boss a daily status update email.
Hi, [Boss’s Name],
Email Subject – Priority tasks and projects for the week
progress and victory
- finally [State accomplishment and its implication].
- looks like [State progress made].
Please look forward to the next one-man meeting!
Pearce says you should reach out to take the plunge and have a promotional conversation after you’ve tracked your progress for a comfortable hour and scored a few key successes. Please understand what I am trying to say. For example:
Hi [Skip-Level Boss’s First Name],
my name is [Your First Name], and I’m working.When [Your Boss’ Name] that’s why [Your Title]If possible, we would like to schedule 30 minutes to learn more about your role. [Company Name]I would love to hear more about your journey. Also, if you have any tips for my career growth, please let me know.
If you get the chance, could you please let me know your availability for the next few weeks, or would you please schedule an appointment with an assistant?
thank you very much,
[Your first name]
“I promise that sending that email will be a lot easier once you get into the habit of tracking your daily accomplishments,” Pierce shared. It’s often a priority, and I think it’s very important to take that time, even if it’s related to our careers.