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Every job has a market value. 

  • Compare what you’re currently being paid to the trends you find.

  • Consider your education, years of experience, years you’ve worked for your current employer and any specialized skills or attributes you bring to the table. 

  • Make a list of your accomplishments, taking note of which ones added the most value to the organization

  • Identify a salary range or percentage increase in pay that you’d be happy with. 

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  • How is the financial health of the company? If the company is not doing well, this is not the time to ask for a raise. 
  • How is your manager’s workload? If your manager is under a lot of stress or focused on too many things right now, it may not be the time to ask for a raise. 
  • When is the best time of year to ask for a raise? The end of the fiscal year could be an option. Have you successfully completed a significant task or project? This could be a good time to ask for a raise.
Set a meeting

Meet in person and in private. 

You should approach asking for a raise with the same level of seriousness you would have for a job interview or an important presentation, and you should dress accordingly. 

Before your meeting, you should prepare what you’re going to say to get a raise. 

Recognize that feelings of fear and anxiety are natural when discussing money. Writing and practicing a script is one way to manage those feelings. Focus on the professional rather than personal reasons why you deserve this raise.

Expect them to ask you follow-up questions, such as inquiring about the details of your recent accomplishments or the salary research you’ve done. There is the possibility that you receive a rejection. Ask questions such as:

  • “Are there skills or accomplishments you’d like to see from me before increasing my compensation?”
  • “Are you satisfied with my performance overall?”
  • “Is there a better time for us to have this conversation in the near future?”

Regardless of how the conversation went, end by thanking your manager for their time. 

Later that day or the next, send them a follow-up email that recaps your reasons for asking for a raise and includes a summary of the conversation you had.

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Doing excellent work for a year

For most people, expect to wait a year from the last time your salary was set before asking for it to be reassessed.

The “excellent work” part of this really matters. If your boss hasn’t seemed pleased with your work, a request for a raise isn’t likely to go over well.

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Negotiating On A Job Offer

Many people often make mistakes during their first job offer negotiation. However, it isn't all ill-fated. Negotiating during a job offer takes proper research, practice, and confidence.

Not only is it important to know what you're putting yourself into but also it's extremely helpful to understand if your needs can be met by your workplace.

Command the tasks and responsibilities in your current role, then start solving the problems that your soon-to-be self would be working on.
The only way to effectively do this is through careful time management. Understand the core strategy of your organization, ask lots of hard questions and align your priorities with that of the company.