Asking for a raise is something that everyone wants to do, but everyone is not always comfortable or confident when doing so. Here are five guidelines to help you break through your barriers and go for the goal, or raise!
- Know your value. You wake up every day and bring yourself into work, not only because you need the job/money, but hopefully because you have found a job that you can enjoy, and you are now an asset to the company. Remember the key responsibilities that you are not only in charge of, but perhaps one of few who really know how to do, and do well.
- List your achievements. Keep track of the different things that you have accomplished on the job. Perhaps you won over a new account, potty trained the difficult child, or designed a new hit piece. Your achievements are not only good for you, but for your company. Don’t be afraid to remind those in charge of your accomplishments.
- Additional responsibilities. Have you gained responsibilities throughout your career, but not gained anything for them? Speak up! Keep tabs on any extra responsibilities that you have gained along the way and use them to your advantage in asking for that raise. If you have been constantly loaded down with extra work to fulfill in your normal hours, then your time has become more valuable.
- Remember your time. Are you supposed to work part-time, but often fill in extra time for others? Perhaps you are putting in over the regular 40 hours quite often. Maybe you gave a couple of coveted weekends up to help with something for the job when you didn’t have to. All of these things show your devotion to your job, and can aid in your asking for a raise.
- Research the market. If you know that similar companies in your area pay employees with similar tasks more than you are receiving, you have good reason to ask for a raise. Research the average pay rate for your type of position in your area, and nationally. If you aren’t already earning the average, then present this information when asking for your raise. If your boss/company isn’t able or wanting to give you that raise, you could always look into working for one of those other companies. Do be sure to weigh all variables before making any drastic decisions though.
Good Luck with asking for that much needed raise!