Career Advice

Tips to Ask for a Raise

Gig Nook 21 October, 2019

Every employee comes to that time in his or her life when he or she feels as though it's time for a raise. Some employers offer time-scheduled raises that employees do not have to request. Other employers do not. Here are some tips for asking for a raise if you work for an employer that does not offer time-scheduled raises. 

Ask for an Open-Door Meeting

Many employers have open-door policies that allow their employees to request meetings about any subject matter they desire to discuss. It could be the perfect opportunity to talk to your boss about your raise.

Pick a Convenient Time

Make sure you pick a convenient time so that your boss is not preoccupied with things that can take away from the main focus. In other words, don't ask for a meeting in the middle of a lunch rush or on holiday. Make sure business is slow enough as to where your boss can give you a significant amount of his time. That will ensure that the meeting goes well.  

Shoot From the Hip

Make sure you are 100 percent honest with your boss when you talk to him. Speak firmly, but do not act like you're entitled to the raise. Prepare good answers for when your boss asks you why you think you should receive more money. You could mention your enhanced skill set or the extra efforts you've put in over the years. You can bring up your reliability, as well. The goal is to get your boss to think of you as an asset that he will want to keep in the location. If you can do that, you can most likely get a raise. 

You should get a positive result if you use the tips mentioned above. Your employer will reward you if they value your work.