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Grind Tip: Ask for This, Not That

Asking for a raise right now might be out of the question as many companies are making personnel cutbacks, but that doesn't mean you can't do anything right now to make yourself more valuable to your employer. If you're in a position where you would normally be getting a raise but it's a no-way no-how situation this year because of budget reasons, consider asking for different responsibilities instead.

Ask your boss if there are any new responsibilities that you can take on that would give your job description more depth. The more you're capable of doing for your employer the more you are valuable to her — a well-rounded employee is an asset and you'd be in a better position to ask for a possibly even more substantial raise when things turn around. Constantly learning and seeking opportunity is key in remaining competitive in your workplace and the job market.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that i've done that so far in my current position -my boss has been incredibly busy working on new business pitches that i've been taking a lot of her responsibilities on for myself - and i can only hope that when there is an opportunity to get a raise or promotion - that i can be considered for it. i get really frustrated though since i got a GREAT review and i've been doing more and more work, yet because of layoffs and the such, i didn't get a raise that's even noticeable and it makes me wonder why i do the work quality that i do.
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