Asking for a raise can be nerve wrecking. Rocking the boat can be risky but not getting what you deserve is even riskier. Women have a tendency not to negotiate salaries in the beginning and are left getting paid well under than what they deserve. If you find yourself in the position where you want a raise, use these helpful tips to win!
Prove Your Worth
When brainstorming reasons why you deserve a raise, think outside the box! It is so easy to go over a list of accomplishments but try thinking of times when you stepped up to the plate. When did you go above and beyond? When did you take on a difficult project? Use these as examples to support your case.
A raise is all about money. You are more likely to get that raise if you can relate your accomplishments and the work you’ve done to the company’s bottom line. For example, did you plan a killer marketing campaign? Show how that campaign led to X amount of dollars. Do you lead a training program at work? Show how training new hires led to an increase in knowledge and sales.
Think Long Term
Perhaps that raise just isn’t in the budget this year. Don’t give up! If this is your manager’s response, talk with them about a long term plan to get to your desired salary. Your manager could be helpful in providing new challenging projects that help to prove your value.
There are some disappointing instances where the organization you are with simply does not value all your hard work. Try updating your resume and seeing what else is out there. There is nothing wrong with seeing what your options may be. If you happen to get an offer that better suits what you are looking for, weigh your options and decide if the change is worth it.
Always be prepared for asking for your well deserved raise! Keep an ongoing portfolio or list of your accomplishments handy. This will serve as a reminder that your hard work should be rewarded. Good luck!