Real Simple – by Lindsay Tigar
If there’s one truth that too many professionals forget while working their way up the ladder (and through glass ceilings) it’s this: If you don’t stand up for yourself, no one else will. While yes, this includes expressing your opinions and demonstrating your talents, it also means valuing yourself and knowing your worth. Since most of us spend nearly a third of our lives working and building a career, it's incredibly important that our experience and skills are recognized and valued appropriately, says Kate Pretkel, the head of global people programs and North America human resources for EPAM Systems. And to do this, you have to start by understanding your personal market value so you can negotiate and advocate for what you’ve earned.