Getting a raise

Keys to getting a raise

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Thinking of asking for a raise? If so, you must feel very nervous. But, if you prepare properly for the proposal it can dramatically increase your chances.

Talking about money in our culture is taboo. As a result many are not comfortable with trading. Studies show that one of the reasons for not negotiating wages is the discomfort of asking for money.

First you must internalize that you are not asking for money but an adequate payment for your work. Then to leave the nerves behind you must prepare. Learning to ask for a raise will make them listen to you with a good disposition.

Do it after an achievement. You will be in a good position and it will be an ideal time to ask for such a raise.

Write it down and rehearse it. This is not the time to improvise, you can get confused, say the wrong thing or not clearly value your contribution to the company. Make a concrete list of why you deserve a raise. You can mention the recent extension of your responsibilities, additional tasks, new strategies you have devised, projects you have led and any plans you have for the future success of your department.

Order it at the right time of the company. Try asking for the increase when new funds have arrived or some other income that makes your employer think that they can easily afford it.

Get dressed for it. Even if you have a dress code at work, when you go to a meeting you should look distinguished. Although you don't want to be obvious in what you're looking for, looking neat and professional won't hurt you, and you'll feel more confident that you can do it.

Have an alternative proposal. No one wants to hear a no, but rejection can be an opportunity to make another proposition. Do you want to work from home once a week? Do you need new work tools? Or do you want to study one day a week? Your boss may be more willing to say yes to small requests after saying no to a large one.

Don't give an ultimatum. Unless you want to quit your job, don't take an uncompromising or demanding tone. You must have a patient, professional and understanding tone. Negotiate. You must be on good terms for later.

Do not use information from coworkers. Although someone earns more than you for less work, mentioning it will not make you look good and will change the whole tone of the negotiation. Focus on your individual experience your achievements and contributions.

Don't give out a lot of personal information. Ideally, you should express that your proposal is based on achievement and merit, rather than that you need one. Some things are better not to say, avoid personal reasons. If you need the job they may take your participation for granted under current terms.

Even if you want to know the answer immediately, don't expect it. Many times the person you are talking to does not have the authority to authorize pay increases and will likely need to discuss it with their superior.

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