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Things to do before asking for a raise

Make sure you lay down the groundwork!

Things to do before asking for a raise

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“Find the right moment to ask. This is not something to do when you are unhappy in your job or if the boss is under pressure, possibly in an unhappy place of their own. Be strategic when looking for this conversation.” – Brendan King, CEO, King & Bishop

“Prepare your manager for the salary conversation. Don’t surprise them, because they won’t be prepared to find and allocate the resources or the permission.” – Claudia Telles, founder, Trailblazing Business

“Set a time to have this meeting. Don’t do it on the fly or when your boss is distracted. Don’t schedule more than 30 minutes — that’s the most you should need.” – Sheryl Raskin, founder, Out There Creative Media

“Last but not least, seek out and cultivate appropriate internal advocates and support. These are the people who will promote you and your good work. It is essentially nonaggressive evangelism. They may be managers senior to you in other departments, vendors or peers.” – Roy Cohen, career coach and author, “The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide” (FT Press, 2010)

“It’s certainly important to research your company’s pay-raise policy ahead of time. This may often be posted within your company’s employee handbook. While there are occasions when employers may give raises outside of their standard practice, your boss will appreciate that you took the time to research existing company policies before approaching them.” – Chris Costello, principal and founder, CBG Benefits

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“If [your boss] is logic-based, create a spreadsheet or graph on your accomplishments. If she is more social, relate anecdotal stories that demonstrate your accomplishments. If she is concerned about what others think, show testimonials from customers, vendors or other employees within the company.” – Beth Meixner, founder and president, Moxxie Network

“Make a list of all the measurable ways you’ve gone above and beyond before you do anything. Plant the seed with your boss that you’d like to be considered for a raise and that you’ll be coming with a document which justifies your request. Doing this greases the skids and prepares your boss for the conversation.” – Mark Strong, life, career and executive coach, Mark Strong Coaching

“Be prepared to ask for a specific number. When you’re asking for something, it should be quantified in some way. Do your research on what the going salaries are for people with your experience level.” – Michelle Mavi, director of content development, internal recruiting & training, Atrium Staffing

“Prepare to possibly negotiate around vacation days or bonus incentives. Adding three or four extra days per year can work in place of salary, and bonus incentives work well for both sides. It keeps in place checks and balances for doing your job.” – Michelle Joseph, founder and CEO, PeopleFoundry

“You can test the market by talking to a recruiter about your value in the market or by applying for a real vacancy. This isn’t about having a plan to leave if you don’t get the raise, but it will give you a reality check and something to point to if you are being underpaid relative to the market.” – Corrie Shanahan, CEO, The Beara Group 

So make sure you lay down the ground work for your raise with these 10 tips, and make sure your next meeting with your supervisor count!

source: Business News Daily

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