How to Ask for a Raise

How to Ask Your Boss for a Raise

So you’re ready for a raise, are you?  

The first thing to remember is that most people are not going to pay you more for doing the same work. 

Going in cold and saying, “Boss I need a raise” is a big mistake. 

If you want to make more, you have got to bring something more to the table.  And the first place to start is to ask your boss for feedback.  

Sit down with this person. You are not going to negotiate your salary in that first meeting, but you are going to say:  

  • What do I need to work on? 
  • What do I need to do to really get to the next level? 
  • How do you see me being able to grow? 

Once you get this feedback and have your marching orders, go and do it. Excellence is the thing that is going to move you forward. 

Make sure you are investing in yourself in a way that makes sense for the company. 

And then come back and say, “Hey, I’ve been able to take on this additional work. I’m now supervising two extra people. I’ve been working on this cross-departmental project. I think I’m ready for a raise. “ 

The other common mistake that I see is that people often ask for a raise because they have a new child or they moved to a new house or they are now taking care of an aging parent. They have really personal, financial reasons for wanting a raise, and their boss might love them, but none of those reasons justify getting a raise.  People sometimes lose sight of the idea that the job is a business arrangement. 

If you are making the case for earning more money you need to make it in a way that makes sense for the business.

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