Be Sure the Time is Right
Timing is everything, and if you choose the wrong moment to propose a raise in your pay, it can get you an automatic no and even jeopardize your employment. Try to introduce your pitch at a performance review, or after you have successfully completed a project or task. This will shed a positive light on your request, and increase your chance for success. Also be sure that you’re attentive to any rules about pay raises, so you know that you are eligible to receive one before you begin.
Be Thoroughly Prepared
There is plenty of research you can do and material you can prepare before you approach your manager or superior about a pay raise. Some things you should consider:
•What is a reasonable salary for your position?
•Do you want benefits or perks?
•What accomplishments can you present to justify a raise?
Have a number in mind or benefits picked out before you ask. This clear idea of what you want will help you present a more clear and professional proposal. You should also have a list of your accomplishments or examples of how you go the extra mile in your time with the company. These will help you explain why you deserve an increase in pay or benefits.
If the Answer is No
Even if you time it correctly and prepare a thorough and effective presentation, your superior may still decline to give you a raise. If so, it is important to handle the situation correctly so that you can keep your job and possibly approach the subject at a later date. Ask about available promotion opportunities, or ask what it will take for you to earn a raise. This shows that you are dedicated to the company, and serious in your endeavor.
If this doesn’t yield the results you desire, you may have some thinking to do. Be professional and understanding, but not necessarily resigned. If there are no advancement opportunities available to you, it may be time to consider moving onward and upward.
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