A wide wage gap between men and women is recently being the hottest topic in the Hollywood. Some said that women paid less than their men counterparts. One of the Hollywood actress, Lena Dunham, in her own digital media, Lenny, tried to raise this issue by published an open letter that written by the fellow actress, Jennifer Lawrence. In her letter, Lawrence shouted her protest based on her own personal experience as the treatment she received from being a women in Hollywood. Seeing from Lawrence’s experience, Dunham conclude several tips on how to do salary negotiation and fight for equal treatment. Here is some tips from Dunham and her producer, Jenni Konner on how to do salary negotiation.
Be Ambitious. Dunham agreed that it is ok for women for being ambitious for the sake of their career and earnings. She and Konner also doing the same by make the whole employees in her company feel free to raise their voice, and most importantly paid the same fairly.
Know your worth. She took an example from her bff, Taylor Swift. She thought that Swift is one of the women she knows whom can recognize her worth and how she defends it. She also praised Swift’s effort in convinced Apple to change their policy regarding the first 3 months free trial on Apple Music. “I think that’s really incredible that she can use her voice to express or protest on something. She will never let anyone turned her down and she knows it all worth.”
Be Aggressive. While Konner agreed on being aggressive in terms of salary negotiation, it must be considered as the part of doing business, not personal issue. Being aggressive doesn’t necessarily means you are preserving your ego ye, believe in yourself. “I think a good negotiator is the aggressive one and we are one of them. I never worry that people will turn us down.”
Don’t be a too nice guy. Lawrence confessed that she was never negotiated her salary just because she doesn’t want labelled as negative. Turn out, the same thing happened to Dunham as well. In the beginning of her career, she admit that she was being too nice. Fortunately, Konner remind her to prioritize despite to make everyone happy. Hence, avoid for being too nice when doing salary negotiation when you know you worth for it.
So, are you ready to negotiate your salary?