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How to Ask for a Raise

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How to Ask for a Raise. Before you ask for a raise, consider whether you merit a raise and whether your company is in a position to give you one. If so, then choose your moment and your methods to ask for a raise very carefully.

Evaluate your worth. Make a list of your accomplishments, skills and contributions.

Arm yourself with information. Know what a normal raise is for someone of your experience and occupation.

Assess your supervisor's mood and outlook. Is he or she ready to consider your request?

Choose an appropriate time of day. Make an appointment or ask if there are a few minutes to spare. Plan for an end-of-business-day meeting.

Consider asking for a specific amount that's a little higher than what you want. Say 8 percent when you would be happy with 6 percent.

Be realistic. If your company is going through tough times but you still feel deserving, decide how you'll respond if a lower amount is offered.

Be flexible. Would you consider a supplement in perks, time off, flextime or vacation time in lieu of a raise? Negotiate.

If your supervisor turns you down, have a plan ready and regroup.

Tip

If you can, print out an outline showing that you're paid less than others in your position according to industry statistics ' but are producing more and better results.

Warning

Avoid losing your temper or your sense of humor.

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