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|5 Sep|5 mins

Outfits That Say 'I’m Ready For My Pay Rise'

Negotiate that raise like a boss.
Elle Glass
5 Sep
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“What to wear?” Odds on this question is the one you ask yourself on the regular – five days a week even – as you get ready to face your work day. How much, though, does your answer affect your earning ability? And, can your answer bring you any closer to a pay rise?

The answer is yes. Well, kind of.

Looking sharp at work is the easiest way – at first glance – of giving the impression that you’ve got your sh&t together. But it’s more than that. An ensemble that makes you feel good, that fits you well, gives you confidence and that’s a confidence you project. You want clothes that make you feel like (you’re worth) a million bucks.

So, how to negotiate that raise like a boss? The gender pay gap remains ever present (currently at 14.6% and can someone please do something about that?), so it’s something we all need to be on top of.

Advice
|5 Sep|5 mins

Outfits That Say 'I’m Ready For My Pay Rise'

Negotiate that raise like a boss.
Elle Glass
5 Sep
Share:

“What to wear?” Odds on this question is the one you ask yourself on the regular – five days a week even – as you get ready to face your work day. How much, though, does your answer affect your earning ability? And, can your answer bring you any closer to a pay rise?

The answer is yes. Well, kind of.

Looking sharp at work is the easiest way – at first glance – of giving the impression that you’ve got your sh&t together. But it’s more than that. An ensemble that makes you feel good, that fits you well, gives you confidence and that’s a confidence you project. You want clothes that make you feel like (you’re worth) a million bucks.

So, how to negotiate that raise like a boss? The gender pay gap remains ever present (currently at 14.6% and can someone please do something about that?), so it’s something we all need to be on top of.

Do it daily
The number one rule is to go in on the daily prepared with something more than freshly-pressed and immaculately-cared-for clothes. Bring your best, on the regular, have an attitude of gratitude no matter the task at hand. Punch above your weight and make sure management know about it. No need to be a quiet achiever. Also: work smarter, not harder. Embrace the art of delegation.

Look the part
The call is to fake it til you make it. If you’re looking to hit refresh on your work wardrobe, it’s about the clean, the sharp and the smart-looking. You want to look expensive. Throw away anything that doesn’t make the grade – or, in the interests of sustainability, relegate it to your weekend wardrobe.

Have your go-to essentials but keep them in good shape. Invest where you can in statement pieces. A well-cut blazer, pants to live in and, always, something silk. Loafers are a great option, always. You want to feel on solid ground at all times.

Make a date with destiny
Kick that imposter syndrome to the curb and own it. When you’re feeling ready and you’ve laid the groundwork, book a meeting to discuss your pay. Make sure, too, they know the topic of conversation. Nobody likes an surprise (unless it’s of the chocolate variety).

School up
Before the meeting, do your homework: be clear on where you need to be and what you need to give on.

“Prepare for every negotiation,” writes Lois P. Frankel in Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office. “One: focus on outcomes. What is it that you want to walk away with? Being as specific as possible also increases the likelihood of negotiation success. Two: support your desired outcome with data that points to its reasonableness. Three: writing down your key points in advance – and practicing them – enables you to stay focused on what's most important and avoid going off on tangents. Four: err on the side of asking for more, rather than less [of what you really want]. Five: be willing to walk away.”

The follow-through
Always leave the room with action points. Be is a secondary meeting, a list of tasks that need to facilitate something or that you’ll confirm in writing. Post meeting, always, always, be sure to thank them for their time.

Go get ‘em. Here’s a little help on the wardrobe front.

Elle Glass
Writer
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