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How Should I Ask for a Raise?

Do you think you should be making more money? Well, who doesn’t? Asking for a salary raise at work is far from casual and it’s probably one of the most nerve-racking discussions with your boss.

Talking about money is taboo in our culture and can be intricate - because of this, many of us feel uneasy about salary negotiation. Research shows that one of the most common reasons for not negotiating salary is feeling uncomfortable asking for additional income. But doing the right research and preparation can make you feel more confident and better set for success.

How you prepare for a salary discussion can include getting a sense of salaries in your industry, finding ways to demonstrate your performance, and checking in with the bigger picture – including what economic conditions are like.

With this in mind, it’s important to set up a meeting with your boss or manager. Ideally, you want to do this privately and in person, but a video call is an option. Ask to set up a short meeting to discuss your salary, rather than bringing it up at an unrelated meeting or without notice.

How to Ask for a Raise

Before you even begin to craft your pitch for the pay raise you so deserve, you need to have the knowledge to back up your claims and to consider the mood and environment you’re walking into.

Here are some of the best ways to ask for a raise:

How Not to Ask for a Raise

If you feel you’re not being compensated fairly and aren’t making any progress with your current employer despite all your achievements and contributions, consider looking for another job. For a video tutorial going over the basic information in the blog post, click here.