We had a bloody awesome chat about approaching salary reviews and we got THE BEST answers. For a start, Abadesi
just straight out there shared her previous salaries with us, and what she got when she moved jobs. This felt so refreshing, and I think we should do this more. Here’s some top takeaways:
- “In a previous role, I was feeling undervalued and of course heavily underpaid. So I made a plan. The best way to get somewhere is to first figure out where you want to get to. I hated interviews. So I started going to interviews for fun. And I was applying for jobs I thought I was massively under qualified for, it was so much fun. It gave me the confidence I needed to get to the next step.”
took advice from her husband when negotiating her current salary. He’s also a Product Designer and suggested she ask for a different, much bigger number. And she got it! “Remember, it’s important not to talk yourself out of the salary you want - ‘I want this much, but if not, that’s ok as I really want to work here’ - Don’t do that, as men will ask for more.
told us to "Work out when your salary review is coming and work on your case before then so you’re ready. Have comparisons, show any offers from other companies”
She also shared this brilliant tip, “have a list of all the good shit you’ve done, have it ready for when you’re mansplained, or if a man steals your idea. Have 5 tangible examples ready at any given time. If you have those examples, no one can shut you down. And do it for yourself, cos no one else is going to do it for you”
- “During interviews, it was important to me to ask about flexible working hours, but digging deeper and asking for examples of how people do it. And hold people accountable to that. If you take that job, that’s your life ”