5 things to do before asking for a raise

You’re confident you deserve a salary increase. Can you look back on where you were professionally after your last merit increase and see how far you’ve progressed? If there’s raise-worthy progress, you could be on solid ground to make your request. Here are five things to do before asking for a raise.

Step up
You want to show your manager you have initiative by stepping up. Volunteer for tasks that fall beyond your actual job responsibilities. Look for ways to tackle challenges known to your manager, and issues you can resolve before they become a challenge your manager has to solve. Your goal is to make your manager’s job easier.

Gain expertise
Take the initiative to acquire new skills in your field to advance your career. Make yourself indispensable to the team by becoming an expert in a specific or niche area. Look for resourceful ways to extend your departmental training budget. Turn to subject matter experts within your organization, industry associations and trade groups to check on available scholarships.

Schedule time to talk
Send a meeting request to your manager specifying what you’d like to discuss. Beforehand take the time to craft a reasonable explanation of why you think you deserve a merit increase. Once you’ve drafted some notes, find a trusted colleague or friend to practice with. Also, check to see if your human resources department offers professional development coaching.

Show, don’t tell
Bring proof of how much value you bring to the team. Be prepared to show how you helped increase the department’s bottom line or reduced inefficiencies, for example. Be sure to cite recent projects where you’ve excelled and taken on increased levels of responsibility.

Start with budget season
Every office has a budget season. Pay attention to when your manager asks for input from staff for next year’s budget. If your manager typically doesn’t ask, make sure you find out when your manager’s recommendation is due to his or her supervisor. That’s the time to make your pitch.

It goes without saying you should be courteous and respectful in your meeting, even if your manager’s answer is no. Use these tips the next time you’re ready to ask for a raise.

The advice provided is for informational purposes only.
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