Three Tips to Asking for a Raise…When You HATE Talking About Money


If you have been in your current position for more than a year and your boss has yet to grant you a pay increase, it may be time to take matters into your own hands. Money certainly should not be the sole reason you come to work each day, but the size of your paycheck can make a huge impact your quality of life. Now is the time to garner your courage and initiate the dreaded money conversation.

It is understandable to be nervous before asking your boss for a raise. In these regards, you not alone. According to a 2015 survey conducted by PayScale, 57% of people have never asked for a raise in their current field. An overwhelming 28% of respondents avoided the topic because they were uncomfortable negotiating salary. If the mere thought of asking for larger salary makes you uncomfortable, follow these three tips to prepare yourself for the meeting and merit the salary increase that is rightfully yours.

3 Tips to Get the Raise You Deserve

1. Support Your Case

Most likely, your boss will not give you more money simply because you asked for it. If you want the discussion to be a success, you need to present solid evidence to back your request up. Come prepared with you track record of success and with documentation showing how much professionals in your position at other businesses in the area are earning. Make a chart highlighting the amount of money you have earned — or saved — the company and explain why having you on the team is critical to the future success of the organization.

2. Be Confident

While the act of asking for a raise might be far outside your comfort zone, you simply cannot let it show. Instead of focusing on your nerves and all the what-ifs that could happen should the outcome not be in your favor, think about how fortunate the company is to have you on staff. Believe in your abilities. Visualize yourself walking into the meeting prepared and with confidence. After  successfully selling yourself, it is much easier to make it a reality.

3. Stay Calm

Salary negotiations can be touchy for both parties involved. Maintain control by keeping your emotions out of the discussion. Avoid raising your voice or sending non-verbal cues that display signs of resentment or frustration. Refusing to let the conversation get personal makes you much better equipped to reach a rational agreement.


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