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You shouldn’t ask to talk about your salary when your manager is especially harried or having a bad day or nervous about impending budget cuts.
On the other hand, if you’ve just saved the day with an important client or garnered rave reviews for a high-profile project, or if your boss has seemed particularly pleased with you lately, now might be a particularly good time to make the request.
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Some employers adhere to rigid policies around how large a pay increase anyone can get at one time.
If you work for a company that generally gives raises once a year, pay attention to when that normally happens and plan to initiate the conversation with your boss at least a month or two before that formal process begins.
... is a recognition that you’re now contributing at a higher level than when your salary was last set.
Touch on why you think you’ve earned a raise — i.e., that your responsibilities and/or the level of your contributions have increased.
If you know your boss will need to get your raise approved by someone above her, you can leave a short, bulleted list of key points of...
You can often get surprisingly good data just by talking to people in your field.
For most people, expect to wait a year from the last time your salary was set before asking for it to be reassessed.
It’s not greedy or entitled to ask for a raise. Unless you work somewhere truly dysfunctional, it’s understood that you work for money. This is okay.
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