5 Best Ways to Ask For a Raise

Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 11:42 AM

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When you have been at your job for some time without getting a raise from your boss, you may feel that it is time to speak up and ask for one. If you are trying to determine how you should approach your boss and ask for that raise, here are 5 great tips that will help you do it the right way. The five best ways to ask your boss for that raise that you feel you deserve are:
 
1. Your first option is to come out and ask for it. If you are not shy, and you have no problems with being upfront, you should just schedule some time with your boss. You can then talk to your boss about the work that you have done and why you feel you deserve the raise that you are asking for. This could actually make your boss respect you by just asking instead of trying to "brown nose" a raise out of him.
 
2. Another option is to look for other opportunities such as other positions in the company or another job, altogether. Your current boss will probably get phone calls from other potential employers whom you have given your resume to. This will help your current boss realize the good employee that they have and offer you a raise in order for you to stay.
 
3. If you have a boss who you know is very tight with the budget, you can look to get your raise in other ways that might not cost your boss too much money, but might benefit you even more than an extra quarter on your hourly wage. These other benefits could be more medical benefits, more bonuses throughout the year, or a lower monthly rate on the medical benefits that you have.
 
4. Try to determine some type of process or project that you can start that would make the company or your boss save money and make the office more functional. If there is a project that you can come up with, you can discuss it with your boss. If your boss approves the project, you can state that you deserve a raise for the extra work you will be doing as well as taking the time to help benefit the company.
 
5. The last option in asking for that raise is to talk with your boss about what it will take for you to get it. This will inform your boss that you are thinking about some type of promotion to get more money. He or she will then be able to map out a plan of action for you to follow in order to get your raise at a specific time or date.

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