9 Things You Should Never Say When Asking for a Raise

Avoid These Pitfalls at All Costs When Negotiating a Raise

Just Don't Do It

Asking for more money is a stressful and often awkward experience. Unfortunately, for the uninitiated, it could also be a potentially harmful one for your career if you say/do the wrong thing. If you're not careful in how you approach your employer, you risk humiliating yourself, pointing out your flaws instead of your strengths, and even throwing co-workers under the bus unintentionally. Sure it's important to say the right things, but before you figure out what those things are, it's much easier to start with the list of things you SHOULDN'T say during this all-important negotiation.

Every boss, worker, and company is different. But when it comes to asking for a raise, there are some universal "no-nos" you have to avoid at all costs. Here are the nine most common.