Asking for a pay rise can be a terrifying thing to do – but, it is something that needs to be done. As with most companies, yours will most likely not give you a raise if you don’t ask for it – so you cannot avoid the moment for too long.
How do you do it? How do you ask for a raise in a way that considerably increases your odds of actually getting it? How do you get rid of the nervousness and actually speak out for yourself when you ask the raise?
We have gathered 3 of the most important tips you should know when it comes to this – so read on if you want to find out more.
If you are not self-confident, your superior will know it. And he/she will sense this as an opportunity to make you feel even less self-confident and to counter-argue your arguments in a way that will eventually lead to a failure on your behalf.
Be self-confident in the fact that you are entitled to ask for the raise, in the fact that you do your job well and in the fact that you can actually speak with your superior honestly, without fumbling. A lot of times, success lies in the right attitude – and you do need a good dose of it when asking for a raise as well.
Have your arguments with you
If you go into your boss’ office and if you simply ask for money without showing that you have been offering something in return, there’s a very high chance that you will be refused. You need have very good arguments when it comes to asking for a raise and, as long as you have been doing your job well, you do have them.
Build your argument step by step, think of the questions you may be asked by your boss and think very well on how you can tie every achievement to argument. If your argument is well-built, you will most likely get the raise.
The right timing is key
Sometimes, it is not enough to simply go into the boss’ office, lay your arguments in front of him/her and show him/her that you really deserve a raise. Even if you are very self-confident, going in to ask for the raise at the wrong moment can have a devastating success on how things will move from thereon.
Think of the perfect timing from two points of view: from your boss’ professional point of view (how well the company is working, how well your boss is seen by his own superiors, and so on) and from your boss’ personal point of view.
When it comes to the latter perspective, you may not have all the details (especially if you are not in a very close relationship with your boss), but you can at least sense if your boss is having a bad day. If his/her day hasn’t been very happy so far, you will not make it so by asking for a raise.