Do you work really hard at office to do a good job? Do you get to work early and pull all-nighters as and when necessary? Your company is lucky to have you!
However, there will come a time when you will start expecting your boss to appreciate your hard work. He may do it through thank you emails and appreciative words every now and then but you may feel that you need a raise. Before you make the decision to go ahead and ask for it, you have to do some homework.
The first thing to ask yourself is whether you truly deserve a raise and whether your timing is right. Also, it is your duty to conduct a quick research to understand the average price in the market for your job description. You could choose portals such as salary.com and glassdoor.com for this information. If the numbers tell you that you are being underpaid you don’t need to hesitate. Keep in mind, though, that you have to be careful while asking. Tailor your way of asking for a raise based on the position you hold, how many years you have worked at the company, how much experience you have, and so on.
If you think you really deserve a raise but don’t know how to ask for it, start documenting your successes. Did the management praise you for an accomplishment? Did you get excellent feedback from a client? Did you get innovative? When you ask for a raise, explaining why you deserve it will help you. Document all successes, thus, and present them to your boss when you ask for a raise.
All the best!
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