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7 Ways To Add Value & Secure Your Raise Or Promotion

Workin' Girl

So, you finally landed your dream job and it's everything that you dreamed it would be.

You have the awesome perks that include paid vacation time and health coverage, and things seem to be going your way. You've been working really hard and know your way around the office. You know how to make things happen and get it done. You have proven to be valuable to your team and secured a lot of wins since your arrival. Can you figure out what's next? That's right, it's time for a raise and/or promotion.

I know, talking about money can be uncomfortable. What if your manager says no? And the unfair reality exists that women ask for raises as much as men but are less likely to receive one. However, a closed mouth doesn't get fed. And there's a chance you can be the exception and not the rule, but how? Well, we talked to career expert and publicist, Tequilla White, and she gave us seven amazing tips on how you can better your chances of getting that promotion/raise you deserve!

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1. Take On More Responsibility

If you want to show that you are worthy of that promotion, start by showing your value. Master the skills of your current role while taking initiative and being a problem solver when issues arise. Work close with senior employees that have an interest in seeing you grow, but don't brown nose. No one likes a kiss ass. Don't be afraid to ask questions and see how you can grow within the company.

2. Ask For Feedback

Don't wait until your performance review to ask your manager what they think of your work. Make it a point to check in with your manager at least once every two months to ask for feedback.

Asking for feedback is a great chance to share your goals with your manager and get expectations from them as they may have changed since you were first hired. Use the feedback to improve your performance and your manager will definitely take notice.

3. Big Up Yourself

If you don't let people know that you are making major moves, no one will do it for you.

Make note of your accomplishments, big or small, and provide your manager with monthly updates via email. These notations will come in handy when it's time for performance reviews.

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4. Do Your Research

You have a better chance of getting the raise or promotion you want when you research your position and look at how much other top performers in your industry make. You should know when you ask for your raise whether you are currently underpaid for your role based on the market and your value to the company. Generally, employees ask for a raise of three to five percent. But if you can show that you are underpaid based on the market, you can make the case for a bigger raise. GlassDoor.com can help you with gathering salary information.

5. Timing Is Everything

Do not wait until your performance review to ask for a promotion or raise. Most of the time, the budget is already set for the coming year. The best time to ask is during the first quarter and before summer. Pick a time when your manager doesn't seem overwhelmed and would be receptive to the conversation.

6. Take Control Of The Conversation

Now this is the big moment! You have completed all of your research, proven to have exceptional work, and now you are ready to present your case. Be sure that you go into the conversation fully prepared to lead the conversation. Have real data to present why you deserve a raise and/or promotion (this is where your notes come in handy).

Be confident in your delivery. "I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about my compensation." Then get straight to the point. Communicate how you are committed to the company and would like to play a more pivotal role in its success. Bring up your accomplishments and be mindful of your body language. You want to show confidence and ease when talking. Be specific about the position you want and the amount of raise you would like. Always give a number higher than you think so there is room for negotiation.

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7. Be Prepared For A No

So you presented a great case and your manager seems impressed, but the budget or timing isn't right. Don't worry, you won't get fired for asking. Most likely your manager will be impressed by your ambition and preparedness and will keep their eyes on you. While you may not be able to get the raise or promotion at that time, there may be an option for other benefits like paid time off or more flexible work hours. Even student loan repayment benefits could work.

Know your worth and stay woke because you deserve to be properly compensated for your work. So go out there and make it happen!

To gain more professional tips, visit Tequilla on Instagram @tequillawhitepr and visit her website tequillawhitepr.com

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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