The Art of Getting a Raise

Let’s face it — pretty much everyone wishes that they could get a raise but so few of us actually ask for one in the first place. In many companies, it is not enough just to work hard and do a good job. You need to be constantly documenting your accomplishments for the company, exceeding expectations and keeping a close eye on the financial health of the business you work for.

So, if you are looking to get a raise, here is a bit of advice that you can follow.

Know Your Worth

It is a valuable exercise to do some research to find out how much you are actually worth. Luckily, the internet has made this a lot easier, so it is worth checking out how much other people make who are in a similar role with the type of experience you have to offer. Factor in any in-work benefits you already receive. It is also worth knowing that easisalary offer salary packaging solutions to stretch your wages further. Ultimately, you want to be going into your boss’ office with as much information as you can get.

Schedule a Meeting

Once you have done all the appropriate research, it is time to actually schedule a meeting with your boss. Go in with a fair number that you are looking to ask for and make sure that your boss has a good general idea of why you are there by telling them that it is a meeting about your career development. Practice salary negotiations as this can be the most awkward part of the meeting.

Go in with the Right Attitude

When you go into the meeting itself, there is no point getting straight down to business as this makes you appear pushy. Start off with a positive attitude discussing how much you enjoy working at the company and how you have developed in your career during your time there.

I got the job. I start my new position Dec. 30.

Next, it is time to actually state your case, which should be a summary of everything you have achieved at the company to date, and everything that you are aiming to achieve in the future. After you have done this, it is time to start talking about the figures themselves.

Don’t Make Idle Threats

The last thing that you want to do is to go in and start threatening your employer that you will go elsewhere unless your salary demands are met. Especially avoid this approach if you are bluffing as your boss may end up picking you up on this! Don’t bring up any personal issues that you have been having, but instead make the meeting all about what you are actually bringing to the company.

Ask For Support

If you have the endorsements of managers or other members of staff, this can be very powerful as you are backing up your achievements. Anything that you can get that works in your favor is always worth taking advantage of. Remember to be patient and don’t get too disheartened if your boss doesn’t provide you with an instant ‘yes’ answer.  

This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.

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