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How to negotiate your salary while employed

Posted by | April 24, 2017 | Uncategorized

Tips For Salary Negotiation While Employed

Prepare your arguments well in advance

If you’re well into your nth year working for the same company and believe you deserve some form of recognition which goes beyond the usual “Good job, Bob,” then it’s time to start planning a meeting with your boss. Even if your manager happens to be your mentor (and perhaps close friend) it is very important to show that you have given this some thought. Why are you asking for a raise? What new roles have you been tasked with since starting out? How has the company benefitted from your work? In a nutshell: show them just how good you are at what you do and how you believe this should be appropriately reflected in your pay check.

Be realistic

Asking for a 30% increase in pay, when the usual increase in salary for job promotions in Malta get a 7% – 10% increase, would be overshooting and missing the point completely. Remember, you’re here to negotiate, not to bulldoze over everything and everyone with your salary expectations.

Show confidence

At the end of the day, you could have all the research, charts and graphs in the world: if you show them you doubt even yourself, then the case is all but closed. Talk clearly and project your voice well. Be frank with your (realistic) requests and honest in your presentation. Confidence is key to success, ladies and gents. Even when it comes to salary negotiations.

Whether you are negotiating you salary at an interview stage or while you are employed you should take note of some valuable points in mind:

If their salary offer disappoints you…

Very often, your employers or prospective employers will give you a figure which does not add up to what you had in mind. If you’ve made your research on average salaries in Malta carefully and strongly believe you have a case, counteract with another offer. They might need time to consider your proposition but if you believe you’re being fair and if you’re justifying your offer, then let it run its course.

If you show the right enthusiasm…

A positive person is usually a successful one. Let them see you are not there just for the money, that this design job excites you and that you look forward to getting started on it. It will probably be this aspect which tips the scale in your favour and lands you the job of your dreams – with the salary to match it. Or, if you’re already employed, that satisfying feeling you were not quite getting after the hundredth “Well done Bob.”

From all of us at Maltajobs.com.mt, we wish you the best of luck!

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How to negotiate your salary during a job interview

Posted by | April 15, 2017 | Uncategorized

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For many of us, whether still setting out on our career path or with years of work experience behind us, negotiating or even speaking about our salaries is almost considered taboo. Will they think I’m presumptuous? Should I even mention this now? Is it a good time? Will it ever be a good time? What IS a good time to talk about salaries? These questions are only a fragment of the thoughts running through our mind as we chew on this very important, yet so hard to put in words, topic.

While securing jobs in Malta has become as easy as making a few clicks through maltajobs.com.mt, many people – both at job interview stage and afterwards – still find broaching the subject of salaries like threading on very thin ice. One wrong move and the ground breaks beneath your feet. Here at Maltajobs.com.mt we want to show you how, with a bit of insight and preparation on your part, negotiating salaries is not as treacherous as you might believe.

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Do not broach the subject too quickly

Job interviews in Malta are typically held over a number of sessions. This allows your prospective employer to get to know you and to be given the chance to assess your qualities better. Broaching the subject after your introduction during your first ever meeting will only give your interviewer the impression you’re there for the money – which does not help your prospects. Ideally, you let them mention the subject first but if they don’t and they allow room for questions later on, you can include a polite question about the expected remuneration for this role.

But what if they ask me what salary I expect?

Before you attend any interview, it is CRUCIAL that you do your homework. Apart from the usual research about the company, check out what the average salaries in Malta for someone with similar responsibilities and experience are. Say you’ve just graduated in commerce and seek a job in Accountancy, check with family or friends what the yearly average gross salary for a fresh-out-of-uni accountant is. It is useless firing sums at random. If this is your first job, you’ll probably be undervaluing yourself while if you’re just changing jobs, be aware that jobs in Malta belonging to different industries might also have different remunerations.

See the whole picture

It is often discouraged to compare one salary in Malta to another, simply because the job in question very often presents a whole package which could include a number of other perks: health insurance, bonuses, paid travels, etc. This particular Marketing agency you could work with might just be able to offer you training in your field, all expenses paid. Or perhaps that architectural firm often brings over renowned experts in the field to give talks. Therefore, before you come to any conclusion, make sure you’re taking everything into account.

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10 simple ways to make your work colleagues like you

Posted by | April 3, 2017 | Uncategorized

Work: it stimulates the body and mind, gives meaning and purpose to life for many of us and occupies more than half of our time on this planet we call home. A broad definition, but definitely one that many of us can relate to (whether we actually agree with it or not is a totally different thing). Because of the length of time spent within the office walls, colleagues have a tendency to grow on us. Some of the strongest friendships were formed between managing projects or brainstorming creative marketing campaigns. These relationships should not be dismissed.

Working in Malta is very much the same, with a few extras. Given the size of the islands, the chances of bumping into colleagues outside work at an alarmingly frequent rate, are extremely high. Getting on well with our workmates is therefore essential for many of us.

Here at maltajobs.com.mt, we’ve drawn up a list of 10 tips which should help you out on exactly this front: building solid relationships with your work mates.

  1. Be punctual

You’d be surprised by how much people can tell about you by simply noticing the constant lateness of your arrival at work. Never more so than if you leave an early meeting hanging because “traffic was a nightmare”. If it was a nightmare for you, it was a nightmare for everyone. To be punctual is to be respectful.

  1. Make your co-workers feel important

Making your co-workers feel important goes beyond praising them for a job well done. Most of the time, it’s a simple matter of sticking to promises and deadlines made to them. If you really can’t be timely with your work, make sure you own up to your shortcomings. Honesty will always be the best policy and your colleagues will definitely appreciate it more than a half-baked excuse for your delays.

  1. Be tidy and neat in your work 

People love nothing more than working with someone who won’t leave meeting rooms in a mess, dirty plates and cutlery in the common kitchenette or an old banana peel in the waste basket attracting more insects than they’d care to see. Being tidy (and generally clean) will definitely help you win points with your colleagues.

  1. Be sensitive to situations around you

Working with people will undoubtedly create an ever-fluctuating set of dynamics. Many of us can perceive the general mood of the office as soon as we step in and – very carefully – act accordingly. There are those however who barge right through everything, oblivious of how people are feeling or made to feel. Be sensitive to what your colleagues are going through. This will help you avoid awkward moments.

  1. Make the most of your colleagues’ celebratory events

Whether it’s a birthday, work anniversary or any other occasion which requires celebrating (and cake), do try to spread it around at the office. It will make your colleague feel appreciated and will get all the office sharing in the happy event. Happiness is a contagious bug and a smile or a laugh can go a long way into building strong relationships. Perhaps you have a designer in your company you can co-ordinate to create funny, personalized cards or caricatures just for the event. If not you can always hire a designer through a service like Spotlancer. Or you could decorate your colleague’s desk before they arrive with the help of other co-workers. Simple, genuine actions are usually the most fondly remembered.

  1. Know when to draw a line between the personal and the private

So you’re working in IT and your bench mate is a developer who graduated with you. Although that’s all well and good, it does not mean this shared life event entitles you to exclusive insights into his personal life. If you feel that he or she is not opening up, then it’s a clear sign to back off with the questions.

  1. Offer help when you feel your colleagues need it

The oldest rule in the book – but the one your colleagues will be most appreciative of. Don’t simply assume control of things however. Show them you’d be more than happy to assist and let them come to you.

  1. Never take credit for something you did not do

This applies across the industry board – whether you’re in the Legal industry, Telecommunications, Health Care – you name it, credit where due. Always. If not, it’s surely your one-way ticket to the office’s darkest recesses from which a return to good graces is very unlikely.

  1. Be pro-active with out-of-office events organisation

Usually, the individual responsible for organising social events between colleagues is the one with the most pats on the back, and this is not just for jobs in Malta. So why not lend a helping hand next time your HR manager announces there’s going to be an event soon? (We won’t tell you’re just doing it for the pats.)

  1. And if you feel you’ve over-stepped and someone at the office holds a grudge against you, there’ only one way to make things right with the world again… Take food!

Remember, you’re working in Malta and as jobs in Malta go, you can never go wrong with a dozen pastizzi early in the morning when everyone is still bleary eyed and not too sure why they came to work. Grudge? What grudge? Another pastizz, anyone?