It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. I can’t help but remember the TurkeyTalk phrase during a job interview I did back in 2006.
“Be thankful for the opportunity”. This is a phrase that I heard over and over again in my career.
For a long time, I believed that I should accept opportunities and simply consider myself lucky. Lucky that someone has taken a chance on me.
The journey from “I feel lucky” to “I deserve it because I worked so HARD” has taken many years. I am still learning...
In October of 2006, I was interviewing for a Product Manager role.
When the question about salary expectation came, I simply said "I am so lucky to be considered for this opportunity. I made $x in my last role."
Just as I was finishing my sentence, my interviewer told me, great, let's start you with that and we will talk Turkey in 6 months.
Guess what that Turkey Talk never happened” and it never does.
Humility is one thing and naivety is another.
𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭, 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐮𝐜𝐤.
Do your research, know the data and know your worth. Then ask for it. If you don’t ask, you won’t get it. It is as simple as that.
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