Can I Have a Raise?

Dear Molly,

What is the best way to ask for a raise?

Feeling Worthy in Washington

Dear Feeling Worthy in Washington,

I am glad you asked.

First, (and it sounds like you know this already) you have to know you’re worth it.

This is an absolute must.

Then, you need to state your case.  What have you brought to the table, and what else do you promise to bring in the future?

This needs to be a win for the other side, as well.

When you’re through, ask for it. 

This is where most people fall off the bus.  Don’t be one of those people.

Look your boss in the eye and ask for a raise.

Then, just wait.  Do not say another word until he/she responds.  (This is the next spot where people fall).

Don’t fill the space with your justifications of why you deserve it.  You already stated your case.

Just be.

What happens next will tell you if you want to stay at your current job or maybe look for something new.  Whatever the case, at least you asked.

That is the best you can do.

Good luck!




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