How to Position Yourself for a Raise

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Looking for a raise? We’re happy you are using our salary wizard to find out your job’s value. Our data can provide valuable negotiation points, and we have additional articles on how to ask for a raise we think you’ll find useful.

Here’s the top articles pertaining to how to ask for a raise we feel are worth the read:

1) Is it OK to Ask for a Raise?

If you’ve never had a job where it’s customary to ask for a raise or promotion, you may need a quick crash course. We’ve got plenty of specific tips and points of advice, but it’s important to understand the basic strategy behind the ask.

Here’s a basic overview of promotions and raises.


2) What Should You Not Do When Asking for a Raise?

If you’ve never asked for a raise, you might be surprised at what conversation points will lead you nowhere, or worse, negatively impact your likability. Even in today’s strong economy, you may be surprised to learn that aggressive takes like “I’m doing the work of three people…” can still work against you. Respect and level-headedness go a long way in negotiations.

Here are our tips on how not to ask for a raise and steer that fateful conversation in the right direction.


3) What is the Best Way to Ask for a Raise?

While it’s important to avoid those overly-aggressive pitfalls in salary negotiations, you have to start somewhere! Make sure your arsenal is loaded with specific reasons why you deserve a raise. Coasting somewhere for a year with an adequate performance probably isn’t going to cut it. Have you gone above and beyond?

Consider some of these reasons why you deserve a raise, and decide if you’re ready to go to bat for yourself.


4) When Should You Ask for a Raise at a New Job?

Maybe you’re ready and confident for the talk, but is it a good time for the company? There are several factors that can help you pinpoint when to ask for a raise. Has business been good lately? Is your performance review coming up?

Check out the full list of signs that it’s a good time to ask for a raise.


5) What to Do When You Don't Get the Raise You Asked for?

Hey, you shot for the moon – no regrets, right? There was always a good chance your request for a raise would be denied. You can be upset, and no one’s stopping you from looking at new job opportunities, but there are many proactive ways to respond to adversity. Start by staying calm and simply asking why.

Check out these positive responses to a raise negotiation that didn’t go your way.


Not quite ready to ask for a raise but interested in planning your career pathHere are some tools to help you along the way:

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