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How to Ask for a Raise and Get it

By Edited Apr 26, 2016 0 1

With more and more Americans struggling to make ends meet, people are wondering how to ask for a raise, and get it. While there is no perfect way to do this, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of getting a pay increase. In some cases, you will be denied, but you won't know until you try. Here's how to ask for a raise, and get the money you deserve.

Work ethic:

If you want to ask for a raise and get it, you will need to show a good work ethic. This sure you are doing your best at work each and every day. Being just a couple minutes late for work is unacceptable. With unemployment rates high, there are plenty of others out there that would gladly show up on time, if they only had a job. If you want to ask your boss for a raise, you need to show a great work ethic. Here are some things you can do to show a strong work ethic, so you are more likely to get a pay increase.

1. Show up a little bit early each day. This will show initiative in the eyes of many supervisors. Being "just a couple minutes late" isn't acceptable these days. Many are unemployed, and I'm sure they would be willing to get to work on time.

2. Exceed expectations. This is one of the more important things to do when you ask for a raise. Simply meeting the minimum requirements will not get you a pay increase. To get more money, you will need to excel and become a strong worker.

3. Be team oriented. Those that can get their own work done, plus help out others falling behind, are great workers, and true assets to the company. If you want to ask your boss for a raise and get it, you will need to be a team player.

4. Ask for extra duties. Asking for extra duties and getting them will make you a bigger asset to the company, improving your odds to ask for a raise and get it. Those that perform more work deserve more pay.

When to ask:

When you ask your boss for a raise, you will need to make time to actually sit down and have the discussion. You will need to choose the time frame carefully. For example, if the company is going through layoffs, you may not be able to ask your boss for a raise and get it. It only makes sense. This doesn't mean it's impossible by any means. When a company tightens their belts, they need to rely on the workers that are getting the job done effectively and efficiently. If you've taken the time to work on you ethic, you may be able to justify the increase during tough times. Consider these things when you ask your boss for a raise, so you can get it.

1. How is the company doing financially? If they are doing well, it will be easier. If the company is doing poorly, it won't be impossible, just harder.

2. Will I have the attention of my boss? Lunch breaks and hectic times just won't work. If needed, you may want to schedule a meeting with your supervisor, so you have their full attention.

3. When are reviews? Some companies will only give out raises during annual reviews. If this is the case, you will want to ask your boss for a raise several weeks, or perhaps months in advance of the review. This will let them know you are serious, and you may be more likely to get a good pay increase following your review.

4. What have you done lately? If you screwed something up, don't go in asking your boss for a raise, you won't get it. If you've received special recognition, it may be a good time to ask.

The meeting:

When you decide to ask your boss for a raise, you will need to have a sit down type meeting, so you have full attention. Doing this will improve your chances of getting the raise. While there is no guarantee, improving the odds never hurts. There are some things you should do.

1. Make good eye contact. This is very important, make and maintain eye contact.

2. State your case. "I've been in department x for ten years, and have received several awards." Of course, you will need to tailor it to fit.

3. What you want. "I'm asking for a five percent increase this year."

4. What you will do in the future. "I will continue to perform at the top level, even if I don't get this increase, but I feel I've earned it."

Put all of these things together and you have something like this. "Mr. Johnson, I've been in department X for ten years now. I've won several company awards, including award X, just last month. I would like a five percent increase this year. I will continue to perform at the high level I always have, even if I don't get the raise, but I know I've earned it."

Turning no into yes:

If you ask your boss for a raise, but you don't get it, there are some things you can do to improve your chances next time. Use the denial to your advantage. Here's how to do this.

1. Ask why. If you know why, you may be able to make changes needed for the future.

2. Confirm the reasons. Repeat the reason you are not going to get a raise. Look for acknowledgement from your boss.

3. Get commitment. "So, if I work on …….I will be able to get the raise in the future. Is this correct? Now you have them on the ropes.

4. Set timeframes. "Can we meet again in four months?"

By doing this you are almost creating an oral contract, making it harder for your boss to deny your raise in the future. When you ask your boss for a raise, you can get it, even if you are denied to start out. Let's put this all together.

"I cannot get a raise because I need to work on ……. Is this correct? Okay, so if I may the improvement on these things, I can get the raise, right? Okay, I'll work on these things. Can we meet again in four months or so, to review my progress?"

You have them on the ropes. It's how to ask your boss for a raise, and get it.

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Jul 10, 2010 7:01pm
x3xsolxdierx3x
Great article! Thanks, Jason!
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