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Asking For a Raise 2008-07-17 15:32:58

Career Tip: Keep This in Mind When Asking For a Raise

Confidence is key when asking for a raise, and the strength in your argument and poise in presentation should come from your accomplishments and conviction that it's the right move. Listing your personal financial hardships should be left out of the equation when approaching your boss; if you really do need more money and are ready to take on more responsibility, find out what you can do to make yourself more valuable.

While I think the point is pretty clear, Michael Zwell author of Six-Figure Salary Negotiation said it best: "When we were young, our parents told us that if we wanted money, we had to earn it. So, we mowed the lawn, did house chores or watched younger siblings to earn a buck. Similarly, if you need more money per paycheck, ask your boss how you can contribute to earn a little extra."


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Mintie Mintie 9 years
Bransugar... it sounds like it's time you started looking for another job. If they truly value you that highly, they will compensate you for it. It sounds like they are just blowing your skirt up because they think you'll be sucker enough to believe it. Don't be.
bransugar79 bransugar79 9 years
What are you supposed to do if you've been doing the extra and there's little compensation. I'm at the point now where I literally feel resentful that I don't get paid more, because I've been the team player and taken on responsibility. I even went put for another position that paid better and was told that although they would ove to give me the opportunity they couldn't afford to lose someone as strong in me in my department because my supervisor found out she was pregnant and would be going on leave. I didn't get bitter at that point but things have shifted and I keep being asked to do more with the dangling carrot that more opportunities may open up in the future. I don't want to seem like a slacker but I don't feel my efforts are being rewarded and even when they are it's so minimal as to not make much of a difference
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 9 years
HAHA they just laid off three people and divvied out their responsibilities to the rest of us... and they've cut our privileges and perks so in essence we're doing more work for less cash. It's ridiculous! and there's no way I would even dream of getting a raise.
Mintie Mintie 9 years
Early in my career, I was lucky to have a very good coach in raise asking. It has served me well throughout my career. Including the time I asked for a raise and was told perhaps I should look somewhere else. This made me realize that I truly wasn't appreciated there, I found a much more rewarding position at another firm. Within six months the old firm asked me to come back... I told them if they could meet my title and exceed my current salary I would consider it.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Bronze - YES!!!!!! They are getting a killing if they are making you do more work for the same amount of money. Ask them what compensation goes along with the extra responsibilities and duties.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I can only wish for a raise. I know so many people who asked for a raise at their review (other jobs) to be let go months later. It's a hard and tough world out there. If you can get it - more power to you.
bronzebeauty719 bronzebeauty719 9 years
i just got a promotion but not a raise? there was simply no talk about change in salary just the celebratory we are promoting you talk...i assume its due to the tough situation every company faces but should i say something and how to my boss??
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
Call me cynical, I don't find this article to be particularly germane, considering the economic meltdown that is occurring in the US. The only people making bank (fleecing) are the dolts at the top. If anything, hours are being cut and bonuses are being slashed or not given at all.
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