Read this before you ask your boss for a salary increase

Do you feel as though you’re being underpaid? If you plan on staying at your current job, you may need to ask your employer for a raise. Getting your boss to give you a bigger paycheck is not the easiest feat. In an ideal world, your boss would recognise all your hard work and reward you accordingly. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world – if you want a salary increase, you’re going to have to ask for one.

How to set yourself up for a salary increase

Every employer is different; however, there are a few general ways to go about approaching your employer that will increase your chance of getting a raise.

Communicate with your employer

If you feel as though your efforts at work have not been acknowledged, tell your employer. They may be too busy to notice how hard you’ve been working.

Remember to approach your employer tactfully. Continuously discuss your accomplishments and goals with your employer so that, when you do ask for a raise, they’ll be warmed up to the idea.

Set a realistic expectation

Some research can go a long way in helping you justify getting a raise. Failing to provide valid reasons as to why you should get a raise can come across as unprofessional.

Provide information about how much people in a similar position to you are earning. You can find this information online or by chatting to people in similar industries.

Set career goals

While you need to make sure you excel in your current role, you can start setting yourself up to advance in your company. If you do not set career goals, you’re probably not going to progress as fast as you’d like to. Make sure you set goals and define the steps you’re going to take to reach them.

Prove yourself

Without burning yourself out or emerging yourself too deep into your job, set yourself apart from all the other employees by investing a little more time and energy into your job.

Taking on more responsibility is the best way to justify why you need a salary increase. Show your employer that you deserve a salary increase by doing your job well and going above and beyond what is expected of you in the workplace.

Never stop learning

Along with the business, you must be prepared to evolve too. Make sure you take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. If you can, attend conferences, take online classes, read educational books and ask superiors for some advice when you need it. This way, you will improve your professional abilities and show your initiative to progress in your career.

Last, but not least, focus on why you deserve it

Even if you really need a raise to help you financially, when you approach your boss, make sure you show them you deserve the raise. Employees are more likely to give you a raise because you’ve earned it, not because you cannot make ends meet.

If you are concerned about your financial situation, contact Debt Rescue for help.

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