We all love getting raises, right? What’s wrong with getting some extra money to compensate for the hard work you put in day in and day out at your job? (For some of you guys, there might be quotations around the “hard work.”)
Nevertheless, getting a raise can be something that is both tricky and awkward to do. After all, you’re basically asking your boss to give you more money and the question “well, what did you do to deserve it?” is almost always going to come up.
So, how does one go about getting a raise? Some websites will give you advice on how to do so but the steps are generic and more than logical. In order to figure out how to get a raise, you need to first address what’s holding you back from asking right here and right now.
Do You Deserve It?
So, you want to know how to get a raise. The most important step is to figure out whether or not you deserve it. If you feel like you definitely have the credentials, then, by all means, go ahead and ask for it.
If you feel like you don’t have the credentials, then wait and follow the steps we’ve provided below. Knowing how to get a raise isn’t as simple as night and day. It takes precise calculations and you have to work up to it.
Start By Dressing to Impress
Your workplace usually has some type of guideline when it comes to office attire. But don’t just follow the office attire rules. Bring your own flair. Whether it is a watch or some type of jewelry, whenever you bring your own flair to the workplace, you stand out in a good way.
Does this mean you come to work in a t-shirt and some shorts? Unless it’s casual Friday, then that’s probably not a good idea. You want flair that upgrades your already-existing style and that means you’re going to want to go with something that stays within the parameters of your office rules when it comes to attire.
By doing this, you’ll draw the boss’s attention and stand out from the rest of the potential candidates. Now that you’ve got him set on you, it’s time to give him a reason to give you the raise.
Network and Socialize With Other Coworkers
Sure, you need to make sure that you do a good job as an employee but you don’t want to seem like the person that is all work and no play. Socialize and network with the other employees. Be approachable and friendly.
This will show everyone in the workplace that you’re someone who is relaxed, friendly, and willing to work with anyone. More importantly, though, it will show your boss that you have what it takes to work with people and that you offer more than just your skills in the office.
Make A List and Check it Twice
When you’re going into the office to ask for that raise, you’re basically heading straight into a battle. To prepare, you need your battle armor and in this case, your battle armor is your list. Give your boss reasons as to why you deserve that raise.
The question is going to come up: “Why do you think you deserve a raise?” To counteract that question, you need to give a good answer and the perfect answer 100% of the time is a list of examples of you showing that you have what it takes to receive that higher paygrade.
From the moment you decide you deserve a raise, you need to start making a list of every single achievement you’ve made for the office and for the company. Did you help spearhead the newest campaign? If so, check. Were you the leader behind the company’s most successful sales team? If so, check.
You get the idea. Make a list and check it twice. Heck, you can even choose accomplishments from before you even decide that you want a raise.
In any case, you want to present a good argument and the best way to do so is by choosing examples which highlight your strengths in the field. By doing this, you’re going into your battle prepared and you’re most likely going to win.
Most articles will tell you that, in order to get a raise, you have to talk it out well in the office and hone in on your skills. These aren’t necessarily wrong and furthermore, some articles give extremely helpful advice when it comes to this type of stuff.
But before you can battle it out with your boss, you need to be ready and that starts by getting your boss’s attention in the best way. Dress well, show your flair, become the voice of the office, and most of all, show him the credentials that qualify you for a raise.
Now that you know how to get a raise, it’s time to go out and get what you deserve because if there’s anything that we want to teach you at Jargon Style it’s knowing your worth.