Best Way to Ask for a Raise

By Laura W. — Published February 12, 2018

Best Way to Ask for a Raise


As an employee, you’re bound to face all kinds of challenges. Asking for a raise is definitely one of the top ten. In fact, it’s probably one of the most frustrating situations to put yourself in.

After all, you are talking about getting your employer to pay more. There’s no guarantee as to how they’re going to react. Naturally, the uncertainty alone can get to you. Then, there’s the actual rejection which only leads to disappointment.

But, like it is with most things, there are certain things you can do to improve your chances of getting a raise. In this blog, we are going to discuss a few of those strategies.

Do your research
Before you decide to pop the question, you need to make sure you’re being fair. That means you need to do some research about how much you actually deserve as a salary. Start by comparing your pay with that of others in the same field as you.

There’s plenty of information available on the Internet these days. For example, you have sites like Payscale and O*Net Online that offer detailed reports concerning salaries for a range of occupations and industries. In fact, you can actually filter your search according to criteria such as location or qualification to get a clearer picture.

Apart from that, you can try talking to other people in the field. This could include acquaintances working for your direct competitor’s. They’ll be able to give you a fairly accurate idea of what the pay range is for your occupation and industry.

Once you have all the information, you can leverage it appropriately.

Take up more work
To make sure your demands for a raise are valid, there's some weight pulling that needs to be done from your side. Employers are not too keen on rewarding employees who just get by doing the bare minimum. Higher salaries are paid to people who can offer more than what they were signed up for.

So, don’t think twice about taking up more responsibilities and tasks. Of course, this must be done after you’ve already excelled at your current responsibilities. Don’t bite more than you can chew. That’s a sure recipe for disaster.

Learn time management because that’s the only way you can hope to achieve this. Take the time to figure out your organization’s key objectives and never hesitate to ask questions. Make sure your priorities are in sync with company goals.

Find out if your employer can afford you
Even if you’re the best worker on the planet, it doesn’t mean your company can meet your pay requirements. So, before you step into your manager’s office, find out if your company’s financials are in good shape.

It’s best not to ask anything about a raise if you know that your company is going through a rough patch. This will only make your organization view you with disdain.

Make a case and present it
It would be truly great if bosses could just hand out raises as soon as you ask for them. However, that’s not how the real world works. You need to make a case for the pay raise and present it. Your boss may not be aware of every detail. So, you need to communicate why you deserve a raise.

When presenting your case, stick to facts. Show concrete results. Don’t just make claims. Also, don’t get emotional. Your employer isn’t concerned about your personal problem and neither should they be. They expect to see results and you need to deliver those results.

So, stick to highlighting the work you’ve done.

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