EXACTLY how to ask for a raise

how to ask for a raise

Want to earn more at your job? Who doesn't! Here’s how to ask for a raise:
1) Ask yourself if you’ve waited long enough to ask and if you’re deserving of a raise. Wait to ask until you’ve been on the job for at least six months and, if possible, after you've accomplished something valued by leadership. Do not ask for a raise after making a major mistake, missing a deadline or failing to meet your goals. Consider whether your boss values you enough to pay you more. If not, expect a “no” answer.
2) Think about how to approach your boss. Determine what is most important to your boss and how he or she tends to respond to requests. 
3) Schedule a meeting with your boss to find out what he or she considers as criteria worthy of a raise for someone in your position. Ask, “How can I earn the maximum amount for my level and years of experience?” Write down what you both agree to, then give your boss a copy so there is no confusion later.
4) Raise your profile within the company. Build your reputation as an emerging leader and as a highly effective employee.
5) Document ways your work has added value to your company’s bottom line. Raises are usually tied to performance and bosses often forget your accomplishments unless you remind them. Present the information to your boss in a weekly or monthly report and compile all the top accomplishments into one document for your raise meeting. Include quantifiable accomplishments, such as dollars saved, number of products sold, or donations raised.
6) Research whether your company is financially healthy enough to pay you more. If you work for a public company, you can find this information in the annual report or on the investor relations web site. If your employer is in the midst of massive layoffs, delay your raise request until business picks up.
7) Research the company policy manual to learn rules governing raises and promotions. Some companies do not allow either except during annual review periods.
8) Learn the going rate for your position. Check salary sites, such as Glassdoor.com and Salary.com to see what others in your position and area make. Keep in mind that people who work in nonprofits, education and small companies typically make less. Also realize that those paid at the high end tend to have extensive experience. Document your research in case you need to show your employer. Also consider using salary information you've learned from coworkers, but realize telling your boss how you found out what others make may get the blabbermouth in trouble.
9) Don’t wait for your performance review. Overall salary decisions are usually made during the annual budgeting process. Ask then.
10) Practice your raise request so you’ll sound confident and prepared. Focus on what you deserve, not on why you need the money. Bosses don't want to hear about your money woes.
Say, "The company's bottom line is improving and I'm glad I delivered measurable improvement in __ and __ last year to support its success. I am on track to reach or surpass my goals this year, so I believe a 5% salary increase is in line. How can we make a 5% raise doable?”
If you started at low pay during the recession, say, "I know that I joined the company during the down economy. I’m hoping we can use this coming year to get me closer to the going rate for my position, which my research shows is $_. How can we make that happen?"
Stay silent after making your request to put the pressure on your boss. Realize that you may not get an answer during the meeting. Your boss may need to get a superior’s approval first.
If offered a better salary elsewhere, consider using the offer to get your company to increase your salary -- they may to try to keep you. Don't threaten to quit if you don't get more money ... the employer may let you walk!
11) Play the long game. If the boss says “no”, seek a different perk, such as a better title, a one-time bonus, additional vacation days, paid parking, a reserved parking space, flex-time or telecommuting.
Ask for feedback about why you can’t get a raise now. Say, “I'm disappointed that an increase is not possible this year, but I'd like your feedback on my value to the organization and how I can qualify for a raise soon."
You may need to complete additional assignments, schooling, training or professional development to be eligible for a raise. If necessary, request a different career track to put you on the faster track to a higher salary.

If the timing is right, ask for a raise! 
Even if the answer is “no”, most employers will respect you for trying. Give this guidance a whirl because more money may be in your future!


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  • Expert LinkedIn profile creation / optimization
  • Career coaching
  • Job interview preparation
  • Group/class LinkedIn training 
  • Group/class career training (resumes, applying online, etc.)
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Top 10 reasons why job seekers hate applying online

I asked job seekers what they thought of online job sites (aka applicant tracking systems). They had a LOT to say.

The overriding theme of their responses? They HATE them. Here are their top 10 reasons why. Do you agree? 

10) Requiring me to remember your convoluted password is annoying. "Really? You expect me to remember your computer-generated password made up of special characters? Let me pick my own."

9) Your online form doesn’t allow me to answer accurately. “Not all people fit into your cookie cutter answer options.”

8) You demand information that I cannot possibly remember. "Do you really think I recall the exact day that I graduated from elementary school? Come on!”

7) Your system is RIDICULOUSLY labor intensive. "Why do you have me upload my resume and then ask me to type the exact same information into your forms?"

6) Your lack of response to my submission is appalling. "I spend HOURS completing your form and then you don't even have the decency to notify me that I have been rejected? What's up with that?"

5) Your system takes the human element out of recruiting. "You are missing great candidates by focusing purely on your flawed application data."

4) Your system is broken! "It wouldn't allow me to apply (or even notify you of the problem), so I gave up. Your loss."

3) Asking me for my birth date is invasive. "It gives you carte blanche to discriminate against me due to my age."

2) Requiring that I type an exact salary requirement into a box is insulting. "Picking the lowest bidder is a ridiculous way to fill a position. You will get what you deserve."

And the number one biggest complaint? …

1) Requiring my social security number on your online form is dangerous and should be outlawed! "Said one succinct job seeker, “Asking me to give up my privacy rights before [you've extended me] an offer? Bite me!"

Hopefully human resources professionals will take these job seekers' comments to heart and make their application tracking systems better.

What do YOU think of applicant tracking systems? Share your thoughts! 

Applying online is a necessary evil! Visit the WiserU's Job Tips by Topic page to learn how to apply for jobs more successfully.


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WiserU provides training and services for job seekers, new grads and students including:

  • Expert resume creation / optimization
  • Expert LinkedIn profile creation / optimization
  • Career coaching
  • Job interview preparation
  • Group/class LinkedIn training 
  • Group/class career training (resumes, applying online, etc.)
  • Individual LinkedIn training
  • Recruiter reach services to connect top recruiters to you

To learn more or to get started, visit Services or contact Sue at 847-606-5160 or email Susan  @ wiseru.com. 

How to pass job assessment tests and personality tests

pass job assessment tests and personality tests

Looking to get hired in 2016? Learning how to pass pre-employment assessment tests and personality tests can really help. And so can these articles, which will tell you exactly what to say and do:

How to pass job assessment tests
How to answer tricky job assessment questions
How to pass personality tests

Here's to your happy employment in 2016! -- Kathy

20 signs that you about to be FIRED!

Feel like things are going downhill fast at work? 

Here are 20 signs that you could be losing your job soon so plan accordingly!

1) Your boss won't take your calls, won't answer your emails and avoids in-person contact with you. 

2) Your company was just bought by an organization that has lower-paid people in your same position. 

3) Someone has been assigned to learn everything that you do. 


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