Make sure you go in with a number in mind.
If you’re coming up on a year with your company, you’re probably thinking about how to bring up the raise situation. It’s not crazy to think that you should be eligible for a raise considering how long you’ve worked for your company and how much you’ve done for them. Knowing what to say when you ask for a raise can help.
And if you’re a woman? It’s even more important to know how to approach the situation – otherwise the gender wage gap will never be closed. Here are some ideas of how to do it:
- Make a list of all of your personal wins so that your boss knows how much you’ve done for the company.
- Make sure you’re checking in with your boss regularly to talk about where you are and ask for feedback. It’s a good way to keep up with where you are.
- Do research to figure out what other people in the industry are getting paid for the work you do before you come up with a number.
- Choose a figure and stick with it throughout your conversation.
- Set up a meeting in advance so you’re not bombarding your employer.
- Start out meeting with your employer by being grateful for working for the company.
- Keep the meeting all business and don’t bring your personal finances into it.
- Be confident about how much you’re looking for.
And even after following all the steps you still get a no, there are still proper ways to handle the situation. Be sure to thank them for their time and maybe ask for other perks like additional time off or work-from-home days from your employer. Things like that are getting more and more common!