Want a Raise? Here’s How to Get One

You’ve been working hard, hitting deadlines and consistently going above and beyond. That means you deserve a raise, right? That may be the case, but before you run into your boss’s office demanding more money, make sure you approach the situation just right. As one of Hartford’s leading employment agencies, Stewart Staffing knows that when you do, you’ll increase your odds of getting a raise:

Put yourself in your boss’s shoes.

You think you’ve been doing stellar work and going the extra mile. Your boss, however, might just see it as you doing your job. And that’s what they hired you to do in the first place. So if you want to get a raise, it’s in your best interest to demonstrate to your boss they ways you’re doing more than what you were hired for – and the positive impact that’s making.

Do your research.

You can’t be too prepared for this conversation. That’s why, before you schedule a meeting with your boss to discuss a raise, do your homework. That means reviewing salary websites to see what others in your field and area are being paid. It also means structuring your argument in a way that makes the case for why you deserve a raise. That includes explaining tangible accomplishments and what they’ve meant for the company.

Consider timing.

You know the impact you’re making and how much competing companies are paying professionals like you. But if your company is slashing budgets and laying off people, it’s not the right time to ask for a raise. Wait until things stabilize before you put in your request.

Be flexible and open to non-financial perks and bonuses.

Even if you absolutely deserve a raise, sometimes it’s simply not in the cards right now due to economic issues. If that’s the case – but your boss seems open to the idea of giving you something more – ask for more vacation time, or to be able to work from home an extra day each week. Companies don’t want to lose top performers, even if they can’t give you more money. So oftentimes, they’ll offer extras to keep them around.

If, despite your best efforts, you don’t get a raise – and it’s not because the company can’t afford it – ask your boss what you need to do moving forward. Perhaps you need to acquire new skills, take on more responsibility or show more initiative and creative ideas. Once you know, you can set about creating a plan of action to help you secure the raise in the future.

Interested in a raise in salary – but with a different employer?

The experts at Stewart Staffing can help. As one of Hartford’s leading employment agencies, we’ll get to know your background, skills and personality….we’ll then get to work matching you with rewarding opportunities that are a great fit. Contact us today to learn more.

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