Remember when you first completed your CNA training and began working in the health care field? At that point, you were most likely satisfied with your starting salary. With such little experience, you couldn’t expect to receive as much as other CNAs who had completed their CNA training and had been working in the field for years. Now that you have some experience under your belt, you may be itching for a bump in your pay. Asking for a raise is something almost everyone dreads, — mainly because many CNA training graduates don’t understand how to negotiate for one.
As an experienced CNA training graduate, you can earn a higher wage. With the following tips, you can learn just how to negotiate a higher salary.
Obtaining a Higher Salary After CNA Training
- The first step in negotiating higher pay is recognizing that not every health care facility will be able to provide you with a raise. It just might not be in the budget. However, even at these facilities, there is still a possibility of earning more money after CNA training. While salaries may be set in stone at your specific level, you can always continue your education, obtain additional certifications, or receive a promotion to increase your salary.
- Negotiating for a higher salary should never begin two years after you are hired. It should begin right after CNA training, when you are interviewed for the position. Make sure to let your interviewer know what background and experience you have. Show them what qualities and skills you will be bringing to the facility so they can see just how much you are worth.
- Be prepared before you ask for a raise by using facts to back up your request. Assemble salary data for your area and present it to your employer if you are being underpaid. Websites like Salary.com and Payscale.com can provide you with factual information to present, and you can also perform an online job search for your area to see what other facilities are offering CNAs.
- Before meeting with the business manager, director of nursing, or administrator to talk about your raise, sit down and write down all of your strengths. Are there any special accomplishments you have achieved since you graduated from CNA training? Does the charge nurse rely on you for the most important tasks? Have you earned additional certifications? Do you always arrive to work on time and rarely call in? Do your patients love you? Let your employer know how much value you bring to the facility.
- Never try to negotiate a raise through a letter or email. This is just unprofessional. When you are ready to ask for a raise, schedule an appointment with your employer and let him or her know you wish to discuss some issues related to your career. Make sure to smile and keep your tone lighthearted when you arrange the meeting, however, so your employer won’t think you are quitting.
- Don’t let emotions get in the way when you are asking for a raise after CNA training. If you approach your employer with a defensive or hostile attitude, you won’t get what you want. Instead, be calm, pleasant, professional, and objective. Deciding whether or not to grant you a raise will not be a personal decision on your employers part, so don’t take it personally if they cannot increase your salary immediately. Simply make an objective argument.
Are you ready to earn higher salary? If so, make sure you are negotiating for a raise correctly. Stay objective, show them your best qualities, and undertake as much continued CNA training as possible to ensure an increase in wages.
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