10 Tips For Getting The Raise You Deserve

raiseAuthor: Stacey Lastoe
Source: The Daily Muse

You know it’s time. You’ve been anticipating this conversation for weeks now. The meeting’s on the calendar, and there’s no backing out now—not that you’d want to. No, you want this raise. You deserve this. You’re ready for this.

Deep breath. Your boss isn’t going to bite. Or will she?

Not if you’re as prepared as possible, as confident as can be, and as accomplished in your role as anyone deserving of a raise ought to be.

Still, it’s not unusual to feel nervous and anxious about the prospect. Even if you’re uber-prepared, perfectly confident, and thoroughly self-aware of how your achievements have helped the company, it’s downright daunting. I reached out to 10 career coaches to get their very best advice on conquering this conversation.

1. Ask on Behalf of Your Organization

When you want a raise, frame it in a way that benefits the company, not you. This’ll show that you value the competitiveness of the company more than your personal gain.

Avery Blank

2. Play it Out in Your Head

Visualize the conversation. Imagine yourself sharing results-based information. Envision yourself talking to your boss about your ability to proactively problem-solve, explaining the value you’ve added to the business (increased revenue/sales/headcount, driven efficiencies, dollars saved, process improvements, etc.). Draft a proposal, and use it as your script. Practice makes perfect—and doing it will prepare you for the real thing.

Joyel Crawford

3. Practice Your Power Pose

Think of a particularly confident and powerful role model. Channel that person—in your posture, tone of voice, and word choice—as you prepare for the meeting. The assurance you demonstrate in your body language is as important as what words you use.

Annie Nogg

4. Connect the Dots

You want to show how your achievements have helped the organization on its path to succeed. Did your research help the company expand into a new marketplace? Did a project you led increase your team’s efficiency? Did your work help to deepen customer loyalty or enhance internal communication? Having critical data like this will add credibility to your request and give you the necessary support you need to make your case.

Loren Margolis

5. Develop an Alter Ego

One slightly unusual yet fun way to get over your anxiety of asking for a raise is to develop a persona or alter ego. Imagine how you would act if you were able to put all of your fears and inhibitions aside in a salary conversation with your boss: How would you carry yourself? What would you say? You can also think about how your favorite career hero or mentor might approach asking for a raise. What would this successful person do or say in a similarly difficult conversation?

Melody Wilding

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