Take the time to learn the average starting salaries for your position and similar roles. Consult the Robert Half Salary Guides to determine the going rates for your job, then localize the numbers to your area using our Salary Calculator. If your compensation is below par, you can use this information as leverage for requesting an increase.
You know you’ve been doing a good job, but when you’re figuring out how to ask for a raise, you should start by building your case and documenting the bottom-line benefits you’ve brought to the company. Show the management what an asset you are by showing what you have accomplished for the company and how you have helped the company within your field by improving xyz.
If you’re going above and beyond — especially as your company adapts to ever-changing business conditions due to the pandemic — make note of your most meaningful accomplishments. Enter the meeting ready to talk about the projects you’ve played a role in and how you’ve worked beyond your job description. Be ready to listen to feedback as well, some managers may not be able to give you a raise right way but may do so in the next around of pay raises.
Practice answering questions about the standard salary figures you’ve researched, the hours and dollars you’ve saved the company, and maybe even how you’ve helped improve productivity. Learn to be convincing and sell yourself.
Use strong language when communication. Instead of saying, "i think", "might", "may" , use assertive words such as "I will", "I am", "I believe".
Lastly, be ready to be shot down despite your best efforts. If that is the case, then don't be afraid to ask what would it take to get a raise in the future, ask for specific actions you need to take to merit one and set a review date to ensure you are on track for one.