How to Effectively Ask for a Raise

The nerve-racking slow buildup of tension and the constant self-encouragement to finally ask your boss for the raise you desire can be outrageously exhausting. The fact of the matter is, you should feel comfortable enough to talk to your boss openly and honestly about acquiring a raise, but we tend, as human beings, to get in our own heads and over-analyze. It’s what we do best. So, naturally, here are some of the best tips we can provide to tackle your anxiety and be prepared to ask for that raise.

Find the right moment. When asking for your raise, you will want it to be at a time when business is booming. If your company is going through some pitfalls and the environment is stressful, then that might not be a good moment to approach your boss. Experts say the best time to ask is right after you have completed a project and are just starting a new one or during (or right after) your performance review.

Go into the discussion prepared. You will need to have evidence as to why you feel you deserve that raise and how you are valuable to the company. Display all that you have contributed and how important that has been to the company’s growth. Provide him/her with positive ways you have helped them and how they, too, will benefit out of your raise.

Be confident in yourself and your reasoning, and be sure of your worth – but don’t be cocky. Staying humble is honorable. Don’t complain or create ultimatums – major no-no.

If the answer is no: (again) always be prepared. Ask if there is any other way that you can be contributed for your growth – more flexible hours, stocks, a bonus, etc. If the answer is a complete and entire no, ask what you can do to earn one. Showing desire for growth and improvement is always admirable and a deserving quality, even if it isn’t at the current moment.

And lastly, stop over-thinking. It’s much, much, much more simple than you are making it out to be in your head. You can only do your best to be prepared and know what you want. Stay calm, cool and collected. You’ve got this.

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