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How to ask for a raise

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It’s the question no one likes to ask, but all of us would like to address. “Can I have a raise?”, is a question that can make employees and employers uncomfortable but if you don’t ask you won’t get.

If you think you are due a pay rise this year, there are a few simple things you can do to prepare, increase your chances of getting a raise, and decrease any potential awkwardness.

Clearly prove your value

If you are going to ask for a raise you are going to have to prove you’re worth it. Depending on your role, have figures and data that prove you’re doing an excellent job. For example, if you work in Marketing, collate figures that show you’ve increased traffic or ROI.

Think about your future goals

Start with talking about your achievements to date, and then lead into talking about the future. Think about your future goals within the company, what you’d like to do over the next 12 months and how that will benefit your employer. By talking about the future. you’re showing commitment and an interest in the success of the business.

Don’t threaten to leave

“If I don’t get a raise I’ll have to leave.” If you are planning on saying this, or something similar, make sure you really mean it. Unless you really are prepared to quit then don’t mention it – you never know, your employer might just take you up on it.

If you do have a different job offer then bring it up, but only if you really do have an interest in accepting a counter offer from your current employer.

Research salaries

Consider pay scales in your industry. Compare with your own salary and use these figures as a base to ask for a pay raise. While researching, take into consideration the financial state of the business you are working for, as well as your location. For example, if you are based in Dublin you’ll more than likely be paid more than someone in the same job in Athlone.

Ask in person, not via email

Most of us now prefer a text or email rather than a phone call or face to face chat, but when it comes to a pay rise, it’s best to discuss in person. To prepare your employer, mention that you’d like to arrange a meeting to discuss your salary. This way your employer won’t be totally taken by surprise and can prepare also.

How long should you wait to ask for a raise?

Generally, it’s best to wait at least a year before you ask for a raise but of course there are exceptions – for example, if it’s mentioned in your contract that your wages will be reviewed after a certain period or if you’re being underpaid.

Whether you’ve been in your job for 6 months, a year or much longer, asking for a pay raise is never going to be fun but if you do the prep and know your worth the results should be worth a few minutes of awkwardness.

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