The path toward getting a raise looks different for every employer and every employee and asking for a raise can be a struggle in any of those situations. However, there are some steps you can take to improve your chances of getting a positive response to your request. Prepare by gathering facts that show you’re a hard worker and make sure the environment is right.
Showcase Your Achievements
Think of the hard work you’ve put in each day. Maybe you completed a project early or you increased sales in your department by a specific percentage. Write down the facts and numbers that represent your achievements. It’s a good idea to have a file saved where you keep this type of information, including notes or commendations from employers. If you’re not sure that you’ve got anything to show, you can still learn to make the most of your time.
Choose a Target Raise Amount
How much of a raise do you want? It’s common practice for employers to ask how much you want to make or how much of a raise you want. With the understanding that you may get less than you ask, use industry standards and your existing pay to come up with a number. There are several salary tools online that can help you determine the most realistic numbers.
Schedule Time With Your Employer
One of the worst things you can do when you want a raise is to ask during an office meeting or as your employer is headed to another meeting. When you schedule time with your employer, you’ll have a focused 20-30 minutes where you both have time to share facts and decide whether a raise is in order.
Practice Your Interview
Do you remember going through mock interview questions when you first applied for a new job? It’s time to do the same. Enlist the help of a friend and even record yourself convincing your employer that you deserve a raise. Use the feedback to improve your confidence. Be careful to avoid some of the most common mistakes employees make when asking for a raise.
Are you ready? Strike that power pose, put your shoulders back, and get going.