If you’re like most of us, it’s been a while since you’ve asked for a salary raise. This is, in large part, because it’s an intimidating conversation to have.
But now that companies are fully recovered from the recession, your opportunity may be around the corner. The average U.S. worker gets a 3% raise each year, but just because pay increases are a common practice doesn’t mean you can actually count on getting one.
If you’re itching for a raise that’s yet to come your way, you do have the option to broach the topic with your manager. There may be a better time to ask for a raise!
How to Ask Your Boss for a Salary Raise
You, like the rest of us, deserve to be compensated adequately for your time and effort. You know what you’re worth. Are you getting paid that now?
If not, you have to summon the courage to ask for it. But first, you need to know how to discuss the matter with your employer. What should you say? How can you get your point across most effectively? How do you earn a “yes” answer?
This infographic from JobCluster fills you on what to say… and what not to say. It reminds you that your personal problems have no place in the discussion, but your accomplishments and track record do. You’ll learn that doing research to know your market value is a worthwhile endeavor. You’ll also understand how important it is to enter this important discussion with confidence. After all, if you don’t think you’re worth the extra money… the chances are your boss won’t either.
Oh, and never threaten to quit… they might take you up on it.
Get over the anxiety. Ask for a raise. But do it in a way that helps you earn what you’re worth!