Sunday, January 20, 2008

Get a Pay Raise [How To]

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It's a great thought to try and get more money, but what do you do when you ask, and you get told "no"?

Me personally, I don't take rejection well. And if it were from an employer, I'd not feel very confident about my standing with the company.

To that end, I asked three times very strongly for a raise with a particular employer. Each time only to be told that I had to do more and more to get the raise. Each time I did, but with no promised raise coming. So I left the company, I had no other choice. They made it clear they didn't value my services properly.

Here are some tips on how to go about asking (make sure you have your back up plan in mind though!):

via Lifehacker by tamar weinberg on 1/20/08
payraise.jpgDo you feel that you're working more than you're worth? It might be the right time to ask for a pay raise. Before you make the request, though, do your homework and ensure that your roles and activities—not your job title—are consistent with what you should be paid. If you're confident that you deserve more, build up the courage and ask, but do it with grace. Rehearse your pay-raise request and make sure that your case is articulated clearly and without negative emotions or threats to quit. Ensure that the timing is right: don't request a raise when your manager's stress is high and the workload is overwhelming. Otherwise, your request might be perceived as a distraction and may not be received well. You also need to be honest with yourself. Do you deserve the raise? Was your past performance up to par? Did you exceed expectations? If the answer is yes, it's time to take the plunge.


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