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Asking For a Raise- How to Get Paid!

Posted on the 21 April 2011 by Ncrimaldi @MsCareerGirl

Managing your career effectively can be a challenge. It’s hard to know which career move you should make next, and what steps you should take to make more money. If you have been working for the same employer for a long time without seeing a pay increase, it might be time to ask for a raise. Before you meet with your employer to discuss your salary, make sure you are prepared for any questions they might have for you. Be organized and confident. Even in a large company, every dollar counts when it comes to payroll, so you will need good reasons to explain why you should be getting more money.

Be prepared to explain why you deserve the raise you are asking for. You need to convince your employer that your skills and expertise are worth the extra money they’ll have to pay you. Make a list of your abilities and how they have helped the company you work for be more successful. You have to present yourself as an invaluable asset. Mention examples of projects you have worked on and why you think you did an exceptional job on completing them. Talk about your skills, in what ways they’ve improved, and how you have grown as a professional.

When asking for a raise, you have to show your boss how you have gone above and beyond your basic duties. If you have found yourself working late time and time again, this is a good time to bring it up. It’s important to show that you are so dedicated to your job that you don’t mind putting in additional time to get your tasks done effectively and on time. The idea is to show that you are a great worker. You need to give your employer the reasons why you are irreplaceable and deserve to get paid more money.

Remember to stay confident. Asking for a raise can be nerve-racking. But if you walk into your meeting without confidence, you’ll have a hard time convincing your employer that you deserve a higher salary. You must appear confident in your skills and abilities. Be clear and concise about why you want a raise and why you should get it. If you don’t explain yourself clearly or get to the point, your boss might take it as a sign that you are not prepared for this meeting. Know when to back down. Don’t let your nerves scare you into giving up too soon, but don’t make ultimatums either. If your boss says no, ask them how you can improve to get a raise in the future.

Employers don’t like to increase the company’s payroll unless it’s necessary. However, they know that to keep good employees from leaving, they must offer them competitive salaries. If you think you deserve a raise, don’t be afraid to ask for one. Be prepared to explain why you are an exceptional employee, be confident in your abilities, and convince your boss that you deserve the raise you want.

Have you ever asked for a raise?  What worked and what didn’t?  Share your experience to help others!

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