The moment has finally come. Your responsibilities at work have increased, and you’re producing great results for the company. It’s time to ask for a raise.
However, you have qualms asking for a raise as it can be quite intimidating, to say the least. But no need to worry because we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking to boost your salary with confidence, here are some top tips on how to do it professionally and efficiently.
Make sure you’re emotionally prepared.
When walking into the conversation, you know that your goal is to increase your pay. However, the last thing you want to do is sabotage your plan by letting your emotions take control. To avoid this, make sure that you’re emotionally prepared to talk about what you and your boss can do to boost your salary.
Do not walk into the conversation with any negativity or resentment. Keep it positive and focused on the value you bring to the team.
Use clear examples of why you should get a raise.
Actions speak louder than words. Hence, in this case, you’ll want to give your boss some convincing instances of why you deserve a salary increase. Do this by providing clear examples of moments where you went beyond the call of action and excelled in your role. This will help you build a case on what great traits and accomplishments you can continue to bring to the team.
Do whatever you need to prepare for this conversation so that when your boss asks for clear-cut examples of the great work you’ve done, you’ll not be in a difficult situation to think on the spot.
Ask co-workers to provide testimonials.
If there are a few people in the office who you really trust, you may want to recruit them in your quest to boost your salary. Ask these colleagues to speak on your behalf, providing their own experiences with you on the job.
Be transparent and let them know that you’re going to ask for a raise. If they agree to help you out, use the opportunity to have them share examples, stories, or testimonials of why they love working with you and how you excel in your daily role.
As an individual, your character and skills are critical to the team. But at the end of the day, your value among your entire team will prove to be just as important. If your boss sees that your team enjoys working with you, they will undoubtedly see why you’re such a great asset.
Make sure your timing is right.
In the corporate world, timing is everything. That being said, you need to make sure the timing is right when you bring up the idea of getting a raise. It will not be a good idea to ask for it in the same week that your team is preparing for important meetings or right after you dropped the ball on a project. Under these circumstances, it would be better to wait a few weeks to have the conversation.
In addition, if you’ve made a work-related mistake in the past few months, it’s critical for you to correct the situation by showing your boss that you’ve learned from your mistake. Show them that you’ve been working to be better and continue to grow, both personally and professionally.
Suggest additional responsibilities you can take.
If you’re in a good enough position to ask for a raise, chances are, your boss has high expectations from you. You’ll want to maintain those expectations by showing that, in addition to a raise, you’re also prepared to take on more responsibilities in your role.
One way to do so is by coming to the conversation with a few suggestions on new areas where you could contribute your skills, such as:
- Leading a new department
- Training new team members
- Learning new skills
- Developing new initiatives
You can also offer solutions to current issues or ways to improve overall efficiency among your team. Your boss will more than likely appreciate the fact that you’re taking the initiative and looking ahead on ways to improve the business and reach goals.
Show your true value.
While the time you spent at your company does play a role when it comes to asking for a raise, it’s also important to remember that it’s not the end-all-be-all.
As you’re preparing to have the pay raise conversation with your boss, be sure to bring your A-game. Show your value by building something from the ground up. Find something within your organization that should be fixed, brainstorm different resolutions, and finally, take action.
Regardless of your role, one of the most important things you can do in a corporate environment is to create value around yourself. This will create an influx of future opportunities for you to move up and advance your career in the long run.
Take your career to the next level.
At Infinity Consulting Solutions (ICS), we’re here to support you throughout your career journey and the many milestones that come along the way. If you’re looking to boost your salary or move forward in your career, our ICS blog is a great place to find helpful tips and ideas.
Feel free to contact us today to get more insights into how you can further improve your skills or if you have any questions about what can be next in your career path.