Nervous? Here’s How to Ask for a Raise Anyway

If you’re doing a fantastic job, or you’re doing a good job and your pay isn’t up to market rate, it’s time to ask for a raise. Some managers are on top of things like that, and you don’t need to really worry about it, but lots of managers aren’t. If you’re nervous about asking for a raise, over at Inc. I give tips on how to phrase your request and when not to ask. (Knowing when not to ask is actually very important–asking when you totally don’t deserve a raise can hurt your cause.)

To read about it, go here: How to Ask for a Raise When You’re Really Nervous

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8 thoughts on “Nervous? Here’s How to Ask for a Raise Anyway

    1. Oh my goodness, I should probably dock my own pay. This is my second link error in a week!

      In my defense, I’m technically on vacation.

  1. In my experience, it’s easier to get a new job (at a higher pay rate) than it is to get a raise.

  2. Another thing to consider–that you touched on a little bit in your article–is making sure you’re not tone deaf to the financial state of your organization. I work in higher education, and in the last few years we’ve been fighting just to limit the amount of position eliminations, and we don’t fill many positions that employees vacate. Budgets are revised and examined so intensely, that it would almost make an employee seem disingenuous to ask for a salary increase. On the other hand, if an employee has taken on a large amount of extra duties, or assumed the roles of other vacant positions that won’t be get refilled, I think it’s fair to speak up and ask for an increase– and ideally the supervisor has already requested an increase on this employee’s behalf. Employees would do well to ensure that the current financial climate of their business is one that is appropriate for asking for a raise.

  3. These might work too while asking for a raise. Use positive reviews you have received from fellow co-workers and customers that demonstrate your dedication to the company and your position within it. Most importantly, do not complain to your boss and do not mention your personal expenses. Your boss doesn’t want to hear it.

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