You are afraid to ask for a raise because you feel asking for help is akin to begging.
Nothing is further from the truth. Have you ever heard the saying, “it never hurts to ask?” You have nothing to lose and everything to gain when you ask for a raise. When your pay raise comes through, you can put money in the bank.
Okay, you’re shy. So you hate asking for help, or of all things, slinking into your boss’s office for the purpose of asking for a pay raise. So when and how to ask for more money?
Just be patient. The opportunity will present itself when your boss asks, “How’s it going?” Or she mentions what a good job you’re doing. That’s the appropriate time to discuss your success with a current project and to bring up the subject of money.
Before you ask for a raise, you need to justify it by first asking yourself these four questions:
- What does your manager expect you to accomplish on the job?
- Are you fulfilling those expectations? If your answer is “no” you had better work harder and smarter to satisfy your employer’s needs before asking for more money. If you answer “yes,” write down some examples of your accomplishments. You’ll present them to your boss to justify an increase in pay.
- How much is a position like yours worth in the open job marketplace? To be underpaid is enough justification to ask for a raise.
- What is your company’s salary range for the job you’re doing? If you’re at the lower end of the scale, or midrange, there’s room for discussion. However, if you’re already getting top dollar for the job you’re performing, abort your mission for a pay raise and try to get some perks instead.
Fringe benefits you can ask for include another day off, a parking space, a cell phone, or anything else that would be the equivalent of money.
When you can prove that you’re worth more money or are entitled to some fringe benefits, asking will not feel like begging. But don’t ask for something that’s over-the-top. Be reasonable. Then you’re likely to get what you ask for.
Over twenty “secrets of negotiating a salary and getting a raise,” can be found in chapter 13 of my book“Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.”
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