How to ask for a raise and get it
You may love your job and be grateful for it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t ask for and receive a raise. As we continue to read contradictory news about the economy, a salary increase is an especially nice thing to have. There is almost always the possibility of a raise for employees with exceptional value and a certain amount of negotiating finesse.
Timing is important; it’s best to act when your perceived value is at its greatest. For many, that will mean right after a great review or after/during your involvement in a critical project. On the other hand, immediately after a major layoff or the loss of a significant client usually isn’t an opportune time to ask.
Keep the timing in mind and get busy building a case to justify your raise!
Using these strategies will help you get the raise you deserve:
Be an expert on your company and boss. Learn about the prosperity of your company and any limitations that may have been imposed upon salaries. What kind of person is your boss? Will he/she care that you had to take out a home equity loan and now you’re struggling to make the payments? Some bosses do care about personal issues; most do not.
Leverage your talent. Finding and retaining great talent is typically the biggest challenge that companies face, regardless of the company size, industry, or current economic conditions.
Show your worth. Make a list of your accomplishments and ensure your boss knows about them. When times get tough, if companies are going to reward anyone, it’s going to be those folks that produce the greatest value for them.
Demonstrate that you care. The very best employees also tend to be those that care the most about the company. Employers know which employees are genuinely interested in the success of the company beyond simply getting their paychecks.
Maintain a positive attitude. Companies don’t like to deal with complaining employees. If you keep a positive approach, you’ll be viewed as part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
You have to actually ask. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Asking for a raise is, at best, an uncomfortable experience. But if you feel that you genuinely deserve it, you owe it to yourself to go for it. Gather the information you need and set a goal to ask by a certain date.
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