You want a raise. You want a promotion. You want better benefits. What you need is to talk to your boss, but for many people, that task can be frightening at best and terrifying at worst. However, if you take the time to follow these steps, your trip to the corner office might not be as scary as you thought.
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Don't go in there with the vague notion of wanting a raise. Target a number that would be ideal, and shoot for it. Have a number that you would settle for in the back of your mind. You need to have a specific goal when engaging with your superiors.
Communication is most effective when it is organized in a logical fashion. If you're asking for a promotion, state that, indicate the title you would like, and then explain that you have three reasons why you think you deserve the promotion. Keeping your plea organized makes you seem a lot more confident, and allows your boss to better understand the reasoning behind your request.
If your boss is a laid back, easy going individual, your message should take a more conversational tone. If your boss is a no-nonsense kind of person, then your message should be a lot more formal.
Practice your request repeatedly. Edit your approach until it feels right. The more prepared you are, the more confident and assertive you will appear, and the more respect you will command.
While it may seem easier to construct your arguments in a written fashion, face to face interpersonal interaction is far more impactful, and shows courage and initiative.
The worst that can happen is your boss will say no. If he does, then you're right where you started, except this time, you may be armed with knowledge about what you need to do to earn that raise or promotion. You also will learn a lot about how to communicate with your boss. It will show you what tactics made a difference, and what you can change for next time. You may also come to the realization that the company you're with is not going to provide you with enough opportunity to grow and move up.