4 Tips For Getting The Raise You Deserve

4 Tips For Getting The Raise You Deserve

2011-08-22 09:00:46

Asking for a raise can rattle even the toughest of nerves, but as I learned from a wise source, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”

Every professional will need or want to approach their manager about a raise at some point in their career, so we wanted to find out what managers want to hear from employees during these requests.

Direct from the horse’s (manager’s) mouth, here are four helpful tips from FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell:

1. Track Your Accomplishments.

Employees should track their accomplishments and present them to their employer when asking for a raise. There are the obvious accomplishments like how much revenue they personally brought in, and then the subtle accomplishments that account toward that bottom line, such as completing tasks on time and independently. Whenever possible, use quantifiable information.

2. Be Prepared.

The worst thing someone can do when asking for a raise is not be prepared to answer the question of why they deserve it. If they present several concrete points as to why they have both earned it, AND ultimately how it will either earn the company more money and/or continue to save the company money, they are much more likely to get the raise.

3. Lay The Groundwork.

It’s a good idea to lay the groundwork, meeting with your manager on a regular basis and letting them know that you’re interested in a raise, rather than demanding it in one fell swoop. It provides you the opportunity to gauge your manager’s reaction and ask for any tips or advice they could offer, if appropriate.

4. Show Your Dedication.

It also allows you to show your long-term dedication to the company, which is usually viewed as a good thing… if you’re already a valued employee, they’ll want to keep you. Originally posted on FlexJobs by Brie Reynolds

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