The first step in setting yourself up for a raise is to establish a baseline or benchmark by finding and updating your job description. "Unfortunately, many employers have outdated or inaccurate job descriptions," says Bottos. "Often there is no description on file. If that is the case, use the Salary Wizard to search for one or two job descriptions that are close matches to your job and use that as a starting point." In either scenario, Bottos urges you to update the description to reflect your specific responsibilities and tasks.
Review your updated job description and divide up your job into its component parts. In each area set standards and goals. "For example, an entry-level media coordinator at an advertising agency might divide his job into the areas of pitching cable buys, assisting the media director, and clearing billing inquiries," says Bottos. "His goals for the next three months might be to prepare and execute six buys, maintain all the records of those they assist, and answer all inquires within two business days."