How To Ask For A Raise- 7 Tips

Do you want to make more money? If you want a raise, chances are that you are going to have to ask for one. After all, most employers aren’t just going to offer to give you more money.

Before you ask for a raise, though, you need to lay some groundwork. When you go in for a meeting with your boss, you need to back up your request by showing that you really deserve the increase in pay. Here are 7 tips you can use to increase the chances that you will get a raise:

1. Show Quantifiable Results

You need to demonstrate that you have produced measurable results in your position. Have you improved the fortunes of the company? Do you complete projects on time? If you want a raise, you need to show your value. Be specific about what you have done; you need to make your value clear and measurable. Use action words to describe your work.

2. Develop Soft Skills

It may seem unusual, but soft skills can be very helpful in securing a raise. Good oral and communication skills, leadership, positive attitude, and creativity can help you get a raise. Develop skills that can help you help the boss, and you are more likely to be seen as valuable.

3. Earn a Certification

Depending on your line of work, a certification can be helpful in securing a raise. Find out whether or not a hard skill, or a certification, or an advanced degree will benefit you in your line of work. In some cases, your employer might even help you pay for the cost of your training. Be careful, though; some fields won’t pay you more just because of a certification. Make sure it is likely to benefit you.

4. Work Smarter

It’s important to work hard, but you also need to work smart. Find out what goals management is working toward, and make it a point to help advance those goals. Whether you work to hearten other employees, or whether you have a more direct plan to help the company, working smarter can help you get a raise.

5. Research Salaries for Similar Work

If you are going to ask for a raise, you should have an idea of what others are making. Research the salary made by those who do similar work, with similar expertise. Do your research for those who work in your market. If you are underpaid, being able to show that is important.

6. Schedule a Private Meeting

You don’t want to surprise your boss with this request, and you certainly don’t want to do it in front of others. Don’t set up a situation in which your boss could lose face, and you don’t want your boss to be upset that you might inspire other workers to ask. Make an appointment, and discuss the matter privately. Be carefully about the timing, though.

You want to schedule a time when your boss is in a good mood. Don’t choose a time when you are all working to meet a deadline (wait until after, when you’ve done your part).

7. Be Willing to Negotiate

It helps to be willing to accept a little less than you originally asked for. Your boss may not be able to give you as much money as you would like. In some cases, you might need to be willing to negotiate, accepting less. Or, perhaps, you can negotiate a different compensation package, such as more days off or better health benefits. If you are willing to negotiate a little, you might end up with something, rather than nothing.

Know what you are willing to give up, and what you are willing to accept. And, if you have other options, it might make sense to make that known. But you need to be truly ready to walk if you go this route and start issuing ultimatums.

In the end, it’s all about making yourself valuable. Work toward proving yourself, preparing ahead of time to hone your skills and do good work, and you will be better able to argue your case for a raise.

5 Responses to How To Ask For A Raise- 7 Tips

  1. I like the point about negotiation. One can’t expect to get everything. If you go into a meeting with an all-or-nothing attitude, your employer will sense that and be turned off. Being willing to negotiate also has a side benefit of showing the organization you are team player.

    And if you receive a raise, be thankful and show your appreciation in some small way. Your employer will remember your gratitude which may prove beneficial on the next occasion you ask for something.

  2. This was very helpful to read. I’ve been severely underpaid for awhile and I wasn’t too sure on how to ask for one, especially on how to approach it. I’m definitely going to try #6 out.

  3. Everyone wants a raise but we all have to remember that we have to earn that raise. Just because another year has come and gone doesn’t necessarily mean everyone should get a raise. I think you need to bring your best game when going to talk to your boss. You have to be ready to sell yourself with what you did and why you deserve the raise and what you will do to continue to do. It’s all about marketing yourself and doing the job better than expected in my opinion! Always be open to negotiate they almost always do. Great Post Mr.CBB

  4. Just getting a conversation going regarding a raise is important. If your boss doesn’t know you want one, they aren’t going to just hand you over more money. Getting a raise is about having a good constructive conversation with your employer where you can tell them about all the great things you’ve done and will continue to do for them. This list doesn’t mention one big factor to getting a raise. You have to be doing a good job in the first place!

    Also, management deal with lots of difficult issues, so if you can help address some of their most pressing / challenging problems, they’ll be more likely to go to bat for you and get you more money!

  5. I believe in negotiation, I have to show my edge in the company and ask for increment. If not increment in salary but at least in other benefits like free health insurance for me and my family, free annual plane tickets for my family. We can negotiate for free car or fuel and additional days for paid vacation.

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