How to Ask for a Raise at Work – First, Determine if You Deserve One

Knowing how to ask for a raise at work is easier if you actually deserve one. These tips will give you the confidence to get that raise.

“Someone receives a promotion, gets an important assignment, makes a major discovery, or moves into the president’s office. ”He’s lucky’,’ an envious person remarks….but in reality, luck or the breaks of life had little or nothing to do with it. So-called ”luck” usually is found at the exact point where preparation meets opportunity… Success is not due to a fortuitous concourse of stars at our birth, but to a steady trail of sparks from the grindstone of hard work each day.” ~ Kenneth Hildebrand.

The first tip on asking for a raise involves self-awareness. How hard have you worked? Are you crossing your fingers that you’ll get this raise at work, or did you work hard for it? If you worked hard but don’t know how to ask for a raise at work with confidence, read Perfect Phrases for Negotiating Salary and Job Offers – it’s a new book on Amazon.

And, check out these tips on how to ask for a raise at work…

How to Ask for a Raise at Work

Ask yourself if and why you deserve a raise at work

If you’ve exceeded the expectations of your job and can cite specific ways you’ve gone above and beyond your job duties, then you’re in a great position to ask for a raise. “Have you had feedback from your manager that you’re doing well?” asks Jennifer Barrett in The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough and Getting Out of Debt. “Be sure to mention this when you discuss getting a raise. This will boost your evaluation.”

If you’ve demonstrated your commitment to the company, share how when you ask for a raise. Put it in writing, in a letter detailing your reasons you deserve a raise.

Decide how much money you want (percent increase? $200 a week raise?)

Decide beforehand if you’re looking for a certain percentage wage increase or a specific amount of money. Good negotiation skills also dictate that you ask for more than you’d settle for, in case your boss comes back with a lower amount. But, be realistic. Ask for a little more…but don’t ask for a raise that is way, way more money than your employer can pay you. Before asking for a raise, polish up your salary negotiation skills.

Pick the right time to ask for a raise at work

“Be careful not to schedule a meeting with your boss during a particularly busy period or after some bad financial news,” writes Barrett. “Pick a time when you know he or she will be relaxed and in a good mood.” To ask for a raise successfully, she also recommends giving your boss enough advance notice for both of you to prepare.

If your supervisors or coworkers complain about your appearance, read When Your Coworkers Complain About What You Wear to Work.

Remember: more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be

Put yourself in your boss’s shoes. Be objective. If you were your own employer, would you give yourself a raise based on merit, performance, and attitude? Prepare a list of your achievements and commitment to the business, and gather specific details. Explaining how your accomplishments have benefited the company is a great tip for asking for a raise with confidence.

Be realistic about your chances of getting a raise at work

“If you’re in a job that has fixed pay scales, be familiar with how you can move to the next level,” writes Barrett in The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough and Getting Out of Debt. “Remember that some positions are locked into a salary or, at least, a salary range – if you’re part of a union, for example – so find out what you can do to advance to the next level as quickly as possible.” Plus, if your company is suffering financially because of the poor economy, there may not be a lot of money available for raises – no matter how confident you are or how much you deserve a raise.

Another tip for asking for a raise at work with confidence is knowing what you’re prepared to do if you don’t get the raise. If you think you might resign, read Should You Quit Your Job? 6 Things to Consider Before Resigning.

Are you nervous about asking for a raise at work? Comments welcome below…

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