Want to earn more? Find out how to ask for a Raise with confidence and strategy! Great tips for earning a fair salary.
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How to ask for a Raise?
First, we need to start with the basics and show you the first step in learning how to ask for a raise.
The first step is to do a professional self-analysis. That is, to determine the reasons why a wage should be paid;
After all, without a plausible reason, you can get nervous and afraid to ask for a pay raise, can’t you?
Thus, it is important to evaluate three major issues:
- Are you at an excellent level in your position?
- Is the salary amount following the law?
- Do you have other proposals?
Are you at an excellent level in your position?
The first case is the one that should be considered by any professional. If you already have positive feedbacks and realize that your work is positively affecting the company, it may be time to ask for a salary increase.
However, in many cases you can be doing an amazing job and not receive positive feedback.
In that case evaluate if you have not received feedbacks negative or ask your superior directly if there is anything else that can be done.
Is the salary amount following the law?
The second question is more serious, but should be asked in the same way. After all, if something is defined by law and is not being enforced, it is automatically unfair.
The amount of your category’s salary must follow a stipulated minimum, if any
In this way, you have an extremely strong motive if the amount of your salary is not following the law.
Do you have other, better job proposals?
The third scenario is if you have other job offers. That way, you can negotiate with greater peace of mind, can’t you?
This is the best case scenario since if you are getting other proposals, naturally you are doing a good job.
This way you have a certain security when it comes to asking for a raise. After all, you can choose to be at work and in the same position, but with a higher value. Or, be in a new job already with that adjusted salary.
Now that you understand the self-assessment and the possible scenarios, let’s take a closer look at the first scenario in the next topic.
When is the right time to ask for a raise?
In this topic we will talk about the best time to request a salary increase considering that you have no other offers and your salary is in accordance with the law.
As we talked about in the previous topic, it is necessary to question whether you are excellent at your job. That is, fulfilling all your daily tasks, not being late, not receiving negative feedbacks, and earning positive feedbacks.
So let’s imagine three scenarios in this question. One where you urgently need to improve, one where you received no negative feedback, and one where you received positive feedback.
You urgently need to improve
The first scenario is where you urgently need to improve. In other words, do your basic tasks perfectly for a considerable period of time and do not receive negative feedback.
If you cannot fulfill your basic tasks, it is impossible for the company to offer or grant you a raise.
For example, let’s imagine that you arrive late every day because you live far away. Unfortunately it is necessary to correct this issue to imagine the second scenario.
You receive neither negative nor positive feedback
The second scenario is when you receive neither negative nor positive feedback. In other words, he is performing his tasks normally, but without being extraordinary in his function.
So it is worth asking your superior what more can be done in your company. In some cases you can even do more tasks, but all of them must involve your function in some way.
In other cases it is enough to deliver with more speed or to demonstrate proactivity. For example, in a meeting deliver the report earlier if possible or point out your ideas for achieving the goals.
That second scenario is when you are moving from the average to the third scenario. However, you need to be consistent in your work to achieve the positive feedbacks.
You gained notoriety and positive feedbacks
The third and final scenario is when you gain notoriety from your colleagues or positive feedback from your superior.
However, it is very important to say that for a considerable period of time, you should not receive negative feedbacks. Obviously, you know that positive feedbacks are not given every day.
So it is interesting to have positive feedback based on a considerable period without negative feedback.
For example, you talked about an idea in a meeting, it was implemented and generated a very interesting result. Of course, you received positive feedback, and it has been months since you received negative feedback.
With this example in mind, you can indeed ask for a raise. After all, you have a strong reason for the company to consider it, don’t you?
How to ask for a raise or promotion?
Now that you know the scenario you are in and what you need to do, let’s talk the most common way to request a pay raise or promotion. The step-by-step that you should follow is:
- Prepare good arguments based on your excellence at work
- Schedule a meeting with your superior at an appropriate place
- Be prepared to receive a “no”.
1. Prepare good arguments based on your excellence at work
The first step is to prepare your good arguments based on your excellence at work. Especially, considering the last scenario we talked about in the previous topic. It is interesting to write it down as a script so that you memorize it and don’t forget it in the meeting.
2. Schedule a meeting with your superior at an appropriate place
The request for a raise should always be in an appropriate place and if possible in a meeting. After all, if you are doing a good job, it will not be difficult to arrange a meeting with your superior.
Avoid talking about it in another location as it can create bad feelings between you and your boss, especially if other people are present.
3. Be prepared to receive a no
The no is a possibility that should not prevent you from seeking a reward for your effort. Later in our content we will talk about how to deal with fear and what to do if you receive a no. But treat it as a possibility.
How do I ask my boss for a raise in writing?
As strange as this may sound to some professionals, the written request for a raise can be extremely interesting. After all, with it you can organize your arguments in a deeper way and even present data, can’t you?
So, already find a pen and paper to write your letter following the step-by-step that we will show you here.
- At the beginning of the letter it is interesting to emphasize your commitment to the company and how much you like your position, then state the purpose of your letter
- Present the main reasons for your request and if possible present figures with your contributions in the company
- Finally, be specific in the percentage of the increase, always leaving a margin for negotiation.
Obviously it is necessary to be understanding and therefore the scope for negotiation. For example, if you want a 10% raise, write in your letter that you would like 15%.
In this way, you will be able to negotiate a seemingly lower value. In addition, the company may already grant the larger increase.
How to ask for a salary increase by email or ask for a salary increase by whatsapp?
The request for a raise by e-mail proves to be very similar to the previous topic. Following the same three-step structure that we have shown. The big difference is that you will format it in the email template.
For example, putting the subject of the e-mail as “Request for salary adjustment”.
However, asking for a raise via WhatsApp should only be done if you are extremely close to your boss. That is, on the level of him being your friend or that being the only way to contact your superior.
However, this should be the last possible option because it is extremely informal. Therefore, it is important to consider using e-mail or even a letter.
If you use WhatsApp and consider your proximity to the superior just open yourself as a friend and make the request. It is not necessary to follow a formatting in this case.
What are the reasons for salary increases?
No need to worry if you are not finding good arguments because we will fill them in right now. We will show you a complete list with various arguments that you can use in your letter, e-mail, or meeting. They are:
- Remember positive feedbacks you received from your superiors
- Show that you are accumulating more functions and thus actively helping the company
- Show that you are training with courses or degrees for your future in the company
- Remember the results you have achieved in the company
- Remember recent stories in the company that had positive outcomes for all sides
- Humanize the salary increase by showing that it will serve as a reward and that it will directly affect your performance always for more
How to deal with the fear of asking for a salary increase?
As we talked about at the beginning of our content, the fear of asking for a salary increase will happen, but it can’t stop you from making the request, can it?
That way, if you don’t receive negative feedback and are always doing your job, you don’t have to be afraid to ask.
However, to order with more confidence it is essential to do more than just your job functions.
Be proactive, ask what you can help with, be quicker to deliver. In this way, you will have more confidence to ask for a salary increase. If you find it necessary, talk to a relative considering your results beyond what is expected as we just talked about.
However, you need to understand that if you are afraid to ask for a pay raise and are receiving negative feedback, your fear is justifiable. Thus, it is important to fulfill your duties and seek the extraordinary to ask for.
What to avoid when asking for a salary increase?
In this topic we will talk about several arguments and points that you should avoid when asking for a salary increase. They are:
- Avoid asking for a salary above the market rate for your position
- Don’t make comparisons with your colleagues who are in the same position
- Avoid asking for a raise without reasons and negative feedbacks
- Avoid showing insecurity
- Don’t be ambiguous about values, so speak percentage
- Avoid talking about your financial problems, such as your credit card problems, for example
- Do not order in front of colleagues avoiding gossip
Quotes to ask for a salary increase
In this topic we will show you some of the quotes you can use to ask for your salary increase. However, none of them should be used in a tiresome way, but rather be inserted in a natural way. The sentences are:
- I have taken on new assignments as X, Y, and Z and delivered a positive result in each one
- For the last X months I have delivered ahead of schedule
- I would like an increase of X % (Do not use concrete figures)
- I received positive feedback in month X where you showed that I had increased production by Y %.
- I want this amount because I want to specialize even more by taking X course or Y degree to grow in the company
- As you can see in this report, I performed the same job in less time
- I feel that with my extra dedication rewarded I will be ready to dedicate myself even more and reach the company’s goals
How long to ask for a raise?
At the beginning of our content we talked about the fact that asking for a raise needs a considerable period of time. However, it all depends on your situation in the company.
If you have been consistently performing your work proactively for a few months now, or earning more assignments, it is naturally worth asking for a raise.
However, if you are receiving negative feedbacks. You might want to focus your energies on improving your work. This effort can last a few months or years.
In this way, you can last for a few years until you get a pay raise in your job. However, this is an essential process to earn a raise.
I asked for a raise and didn’t get one: What should I do?
Just like the previous topic, it will depend a lot on your situation. For example, if you already have some offers outside your current job, it is worth considering leaving the company considering that elsewhere you will get your raise.
Likewise, if you didn’t get paid because you need to do a better job or be more proactive, it’s worth focusing your energies on self-improvement.
Also, the company may not pay you at the moment because of a momentary difficulty and increase your salary in the future. Everything will depend on your current demands and how you see the situation.
So it is important to do a self-assessment considering your needs and what is worthwhile for you.
How to understand the situation of the company to ask for a raise?
To finish our content let’s talk a little bit about the companies. After all, it is important to understand when you get a no.
We can use as an absolute truth that every professional should be rewarded for his efforts, can’t we? However, at many times a company may experience financial problems.
Thus, understanding the company’s situation when it says no is essential. There is not much sense in asking for a raise within an economic crisis.
However, we must always use the absolute truth as a compass. You as a hard working professional can consider going to another company, but always understanding that there are many factors to receiving a “no”.