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.