Asking for a pay raise can be a tricky experience, especially when you have never done it before. w to Ask for a Pay Rise

It is one of those awkward times when your future depends on it, literally. There are many things running in your mind and you are not sure till the last minute if you are doing the right thing. So, here’s a quick step by step checklist to help you get that pay raise you deserve.

Asking for a pay raise can be a tricky experience, especially when you have never done it before.

It is one of those awkward times when your future depends on it, literally. There are many things running in your mind and you are not sure till the last minute if you are doing the right thing. So, here’s a quick step by step checklist to help you get that pay raise you deserve.

1) Be certain

Before convincing anyone else that you are the right person for the job and you deserve it, you need to be sure yourself. Ask yourself if you really deserve the raise. Once you are sure, comes the next step.

2) Make a list of your accomplishments

It’s good to note down your accomplishments on a piece of paper just to remind yourself about how useful you have been at work. Not only will it help you feel more confident, but also you’ll have it handy in case your boss asks you for it.

3) Review the list

Now that you have made the list, you need to go through it yourself first. For every case that you have listed on the list, develop it. Think how you had contributed on that project - did you take the initiative or did you help others? Did you put in extra hours? Did you show more commitment than it was asked of you?

4) Think about your future

Plan your long term goals and lay them out in open, think and evaluate how they match with that of the company. Remember, it’s easier for managers to keep existing employees happy than it is for them to hire and train a new employee. Don’t say it, but keep it at the back of your mind and emphasise on how you would be an asset to the company in times to come.

5) Decide on what you want

Now that you know your worth, you need to ask yourself what you from the meeting. Set your targets, but keep them realistic. Look at competitors' websites and do some research about how much someone with your experience and position gets in the market. Don’t ask for something you would settle for; instead ask for something you would want, so even if your boss says no, there is a level where you can settle in the bargain.

6) Pick the right time

When to approach your boss for a raise is important. If your company is not doing so well, it’s not the time to ask for a raise. Another thing to do is keep your eye out on the market, if there are a lot of vacancies for your position, it means that it’s the right time to ask for a raise as the company wouldn’t want to lose you at a time like this. However, don’t say it out as it will cut down on your loyalty points. Also, you should know your boss and pick an appropriate time to talk to him in private. If necessary, book an appointment.

7) Talking with the boss

After all your preparation, it’s finally the time to talk to your boss in person. Wear a smile and dress sharp. Be confident and enthusiastic, tell him how much you love your work. Follow it up by starting to talk about your accomplishments and then ask for a raise.

8) Dealing with the response

If your boss says Yes, congratulations! Thank him and to be on the safe side, ask for assurance. Later follow it up with him in some time if it hasn’t already been implemented and hold him to it. If the answer was an outright No, don’t take it personally. Ask him what you could do to improve and set a time frame when you could come back and discuss about it again. Thank him for his time and opinion. If your boss needs time to think about it, ask him when you could get back to him for this. Remind him in a few days via e-mail.

9) Follow Up

Be regular with follow up e-mails. Your desire is reflected by your persistence, but don’t overdo it.

10) Be ready for changes

If you have been at it for some time, then probably you should look for taking on more responsibility and helping out with more work. If it still doesn’t work, then probably it’s time for a change.

Remember, asking for a pay raise comes with consequences. So mull over your options very carefully and be ready for anything that may come.


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