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How To Ask For a Raise

Watch more Raises & Career Advancement videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Ask for a raise -- and get that salary increase! Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Find out what others make Find out what others in your position make. Try asking others in your field and checking out websites that compare salaries around the country. Step 2: Write down accomplishments Write down your strengths and accomplishments. Be specific. The best way to convince your boss you deserve a raise is by verifying your hard work. Step 3: Make sure timing is right Make sure the timing is right, like just after your biggest accomplishment. When the boss compliments you--that's your cue to proceed. Tip Employer surveys say your odds of getting a raise are best if you're doing about 20% more work than when you first got hired (or received your last raise). Step 4: Book appointment w/ boss Book an appointment to see the boss so he'll be completely focused on you. Tip If possible, ask to meet on a Thursday. That's when most people get raises and promotions. Step 5: Explain reasons you deserve raise At the prearranged time, armed with your written list of strengths and accomplishments, explain to him all the reasons you think you deserve a raise. Tip Lean forward in your chair; body language studies show that forward body posture conveys confidence and power! Step 6: Ask for percentage raise Close by asking for the raise in a percentage term (such as, "I believe that I deserve 300% more than what I make now"). Step 7: If the answer is no If the answer is no, simply ask your boss, “What can I do to make this happen?” This shows you won’t give up, you respect his opinion, and you’ll work even harder to get what you want! Did You Know? Research shows that women who wear lipstick are more likely to get a raise than those who don’t.
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