Understanding your salary: Are you a pork belly or a sausage?
The quiz in NPR's Marketplace.org brings home the obvious truth about how to get ahead.
Yes indeed, we all need to brand ourselves to stand out from all those other pork bellies. But just being a best of class pork belly isn't enough to make more money, be lay-off proof and get ahead.
In today's dog eat dog world we all need to evolve into being a true sausage. Whether that is by adding special skills and knowledge to our portfolio, or gaining unique training beyond the average degrees, we need to be able to distinctly be able to separate ourselves by our uniqueness value proposition. If you don't fit into their standard, generic job descriptions you can't be pigeon-holed into a salary range. Having a career description unique to you, like a gourmet sausage, will add to your market value, the salary you can command and, certainly, the demand for your abilities in the marketplace.
The quiz, by the simple comparison questions, gives you the path to follow to become a true sausage. I won't be a spoiler and list them. Click on the title at the top or here and go take it for yourself. Then figure out what you can do to improve your differentiation in the marketplace and then how to tell your story so that people get it.
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