Asking for a raise is not something everyone feel comfortable doing, but sometimes it is well worth biting the bullet and just asking.
After all, if you are good at your job and have been with your current employer for a while, it might be time to ask for more money. But there is the right way and wrong way to ask for a raise. Below are 7 things to consider before jumping in.
- List Your Achievements
This is something everyone can do but most don’t. Keep a simple list of your achievements and the work you have done so you have plenty of ammunition when you go into the bosses office to ask
- Get Noticed
Start putting your hand up for new projects or a little extra work. This will get noticed by your boss and could go a long way to getting you that raise
- Focus on Your Work
When giving reasons for the raise, don’t complain about the cost of living or about how you cannot make ends meet, rather focus on what you have and can do
- Timing is Everything
Make sure you are aware of when your employer gives its reviews and appraisals. This will give you time to implement a plan of action and gather the necessary information you need
- Start a Conversation
Leading up to your review, make yourself known and heard. Talk about work, especially to your boos, about new plans and suggest a few ideas here and there
- Find Out What the Going Rate Is
It can help a lot with your case for a raise (and your confidence) if you know what the industry as a whole is paying for someone in your role. MyCareer’s pay calculator can help you figure out what the average wage in your industry is.
Another great resource is LiveSalary, which gets its information from real people like you.
- Come Up with an Alternative
Just in case your first request is rejected, it’s a good idea to have an alternative. Perhaps a lower amount, or even a perk that would be just as good.
Have you ever asked for a raise? What tactics did you use?