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How do you ask an employer for a raise?

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What is the best way to ask for a raise? This can be a touchy topic and I am not sure how to go about it. #salary #salary-negotiation

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Nick’s Answer

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Raises and salary are often a tough topic to discuss. When I've done this in the past, I try to prepare by thinking about what value I've brought to the table. For example, if I'm going to be doing the same job, but requesting a higher salary, I need to demonstrate to my employer why I deserve an increase. It is extremely difficult to do self-assessments and realistically evaluate your performance. Questions that I ask myself include: How have I performed when compared to key performance indicators? Have I met/exceeded all of the recent goals? How have i performed compared to my peers? Honest answers to these questions allow you as the employee to show their worth, rather than appear to just be asking for more money.

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Brian’s Answer

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To be honest this really depends on the field you work in and the company you work for. Typically, at larger corporations with annual assessment periods, this is likely not an option as there is substantial structure.

If you work for a smaller company where there is some opportunity for negotiation, you should ensure you delicately ask your employer, and make sure you can provide a reason for needing a raise. Make sure that your performance backs up your question otherwise you are walking into a dangerous discussion.
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Wael’s Answer

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I never done it personally! Anyway, below there are several links to help you with that.


https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/requesting-raise-dos-donts
http://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/can-i-ask-for-a-raise-yet-hot-jobs
http://www.yourofficecoach.com/topics/managing_your_boss/performance_reviews/how_to_ask_for_a_raise.aspx

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