You’ve been doing a great job, and you believe you deserve a raise. But how do you get one? The obvious answer is to ask, but this can go horribly wrong if you don’t do it the right way. These tips will help you approach the subject with your boss and get paid what you’re worth. Go get ’em!
Know what you’re worth
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Find out what your company’s pay practices are
Find the raise criteria
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Don’t wait until your performance review
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Know your company’s financial position
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Know how to best approach your boss
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Come armed with the facts
Sell yourself rather than beg
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Don’t focus on how long you’ve been with the company
Consider asking for a “promotion in place”
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Know how much you want
However, have a specific figure in mind, based on a 3 per cent to 5 per cent increase for great performance or a 10 per cent increase if you want a promotion too.
Don’t compare your salary to a co-worker’s
If “no” — ask what it would take to get a “Yes”
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Consider a bonus instead
Or…go for the title
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