How To Ask for a Raise
If you’re not getting the raises that you deserve, it’s time to take action. Here are some tips on how to ask for a raise:
Do your homework.
In order to be prepared for your interview, you should do some research about the salary ranges for jobs in your industry. You can begin by searching online or calling up a local HR department. Ask them what they’re paying in this area of work. Next, look at other companies that are similar to yours. See how much employees are being paid. If you’re interested in finding out what other companies might pay their employees in other industries, talk with an expert (like an accountant) who can help you figure out what those salaries might be during the same time period as yours.
Get your message straight.
You’re going to be asking for a raise, which means you need to be clear about what you want and why.
- Get your message straight. There are several things that can help with this process:
- Be honest—and remember that there are no wrong answers when it comes to asking for a raise! If their answer isn’t exactly what you were hoping for, don’t get mad or angry. Just try something different until they come around.
- Don’t leave anything out of this conversation (unless they ask). This may sound obvious but sometimes we forget not only our words but also our actions in these situations. Because we’re too nervous about saying something wrong or making ourselves look bad if someone doesn’t accept our offer right away. But trust me: by leaving nothing out at all during the initial stages of negotiating an increase in pay/benefits package (or even during negotiations after receiving an offer), I’ve found myself surprised by how willing others have been once they know exactly what’s being discussed!
Timing is everything.
When you ask for a raise, timing is everything. You don’t want to do it when the company is going through a tough time or during a busy season. Instead, wait until there’s an opportunity to do so without causing more stress. If you’re leaving the company and want to ask for a promotion right away, then that’s different. But if not, think about how much more money could be coming into your life if only things were better financially.
Work on your body language.
You can use body language to your advantage when asking for a raise. It’s important that you don’t send the wrong signals, so keep in mind these tips:
- Be confident and assertive. Your boss doesn’t want an employee who is afraid or intimidated by them. Make sure you’re at ease with the situation and ready to get down to business.
- Be aware of how you’re sitting or standing during conversations with your boss (and other people). While there are no set rules about how many chairs should be available around the table during meetings, it’s best not to sit too close together or otherwise crowd each other in order for everyone involved in this process—including yourself!
Assume that you deserve a raise.
This is a great place to start because it’s not just about what you do, but also how well you do it. If your boss is expecting a raise, they’re probably looking at all of their employees as a whole and comparing them against one another. They’ll want to know if their best worker is getting more than their second-best worker. This could be true for anyone in any position at the company!
You have to show them why they should value YOU more than anyone else on staff (or even outside).
Ask for more than you want, but not so much more that it’s unreasonable.
The second thing you should do is ask for more than you want, but not so much more that it’s unreasonable.
Think about what your skills are worth to the company. How much money do you want? How much is the company willing to pay? If a person has been at their job for 10 years and has done well, they might be worth $100K per year or more on average; however, if someone just started working there and doesn’t have any experience yet (and therefore isn’t as valuable), then their salary may only be around $50K or so per year. In other words, think about how much money would really make sense for both parties involved—the employer and employee—before going into negotiations with them later on down the road when they’re asking themselves if they should keep their current position or switch jobs altogether!
Don’t be shy when asking for what you deserve in a job
Remember that it’s not just about what you want, but also about what you deserve. You’re probably expecting to feel like an adult and have the confidence to ask for what you want in a job. But if your boss is treated as someone else’s problem, then it may be hard for them to give you more money or time off work.
However, there are plenty of ways for employers to help employees who want more money or time off (and some companies even provide these benefits). If your company offers any sort of employee stock option plan (ESOP), this could be another way for them to show their appreciation for all the hard work that goes into running their business every day!
You may have heard people say that asking for a raise is “unseemly.” But it can be a good thing if you do it well. It shows that you’re confident in your abilities and deserves more money, because of all the hard work you put in.
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