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Be Careful When Asking For A Raise
Posted By Ron On September 9, 2008 @ 12:01 AM In Careers,Life,Tips & Techniques | Comments Disabled
Asking for a raise can be risky in a struggling economy. If your boss thinks you’re more than just moderately dissatisfied, he or she may begin seeking ways to replace you. Your salary boost may eat up the department’s budget  or your raise may cause your boss to have to beg for more money from the higher ups (and no one likes doing that). Additionally, a higher paycheck for you by default may mean higher expectations from your boss’s area of responsibility. Nope, asking for a raise to make more money isn’t as easy as it sounds.
But don’t lose heart, you CAN get a raise. If you’re going to ask for a raise , you’ll need to make your case and you’ll need to have plenty of proof that you deserve one.
When you work up the courage to set up your meeting to ask for your raise,
1. Know your personal true-market value. You are a bundle of education, experience, accomplishments , and potential and you’ll need to know what YOU are worth. You can reach some conclusions by asking around but be careful about asking people in your company about salary ranges (but feel free to ask outside of your company). Ask vendors, recruiters, and headhunters specializing in your field. Check with online salary surveys by your professional association or on websites such as Payscale , Salary.com , and Salary Expert . Don’t go into this meeting with a “gut feeling” of what you’re worth.
2. Assemble proof of your contributions. Show the sales dollars or profits that you have generated for the company. Bosses love proof. It helps them justify their decisions to their bosses.
3. List any other benefits you have contributed. Always focus on your boss’s priorities. What “gets his motor running?” Is she a credit hog? Does he constantly seek ways to ease his workload? Does she enjoy making you feel appreciated? Don’t be afraid to bring up how you “crank his tractor.”
4. Could you change job descriptions? Sometimes a different job description and it’s different responsibilities can help you add more value to the company so offer to change job descriptions if necessary.
5. Be careful you don’t use veiled threats. One additional but risky move is to subtly demonstrate interest from another employer. You’ll have to be really careful that you don’t over estimate your importance to your current company but you might consider putting out feelers. You might be able to make your boss think, “If I don’t give her a raise, I may lose her.”
Next, formulate your strategy:
Don’t have much of a case? Well, maybe this isn’t the right time to ask for a raise. Not only are you unlikely to get it, but your boss may think, “What nerve! she’s already getting paid more than she’s worth!”
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