The below post is a guest post.
So you have been in your job for a while, acted as the best employee they have ever had, and now you feel you deserve to get more from your career. Asking for a raise is uncomfortable at best, and disastrous at worst. Although it is not impossible to get a ‘yes’ from your boss, whether or not you succeed will depend largely on the way you approach the issue. Here are some dos and don’ts I’ve picked up on in my research:
Do be patient, don’t rush it
If you have been there for two weeks, a day, or are in the middle of your probationary period, asking for a raise is going to do little more than annoy your bosses. Those who have been with a company and proved their worth for a while are the ones who attract higher wage packets. Wait for at least six months, or at least until the end of your probationary period.
Don’t do it if you are lazy, do if you are a great employee
If you have been in your job for a little while, but you have continuously worked your way through by doing the bare minimum, you are not going to get a raise. Bosses give more money to those who have made a consistent effort to work beyond the responsibilities of their role, and if you are not that person you are fighting a losing battle.
Do be confident, don’t stutter
If you head into your bosses’ office, mumbling that you want a raise and avoiding their stare, you are not going to inspire confidence in them. If you do not come across as someone who truly believes they are deserving of a raise, your boss is not going to see you as someone that is deserving of one either. When you do ask for one, put your best foot forward.
Do be polite, don’t be cocky
If you walk into your bosses’ office with swag, you are going to do nothing more than make them hate you. They will feel that you have a sense of entitlement, and they will automatically reject your request for a raise. Be polite, explain why you feel you want a raise, and do be courteous if they decline your request. Remember, they are not obliged to do what you ask and they will be less likely to grant you a raise if you are arrogant.
Do create a case for yourself, don’t go in there empty handed
When you ask for a raise, the chances are your boss may grill you to hell and back to try and find out why you deserve one. This is particularly the case for those who work for a large company, as the boss may not have noticed you or your efforts yet. You need to be able to create a pitch, and sell yourself to the person who is in control of how much you earn.
By following the above tips, you will be more likely to get a raise. Remember: If you’re successful, my fee is only a modest $10% : )