Asking for a Raise (2)

I can present quite a bit of hard data to demonstrate my usefulness to the company.

That's great! Then you have to figure out what a fair salary is for your position and your responsibilities.

How long have you worked there?

This would be the third year.

Three years? Then your boss should be expecting you to ask for a raise.

You can check online and find out what typical salaries for your position are.

From the research I've done, I'm pretty sure others are making about fifteen percent more than I am.

OK, so there is your target. A minimum fifteen percent raise.

I'm still a little hesitant to go tooting my own horn and demanding higher pay. It's just not my style.

Well, as the old saying goes, "Ask and you will receive."

You have to give it a shot.

I'd recommend you ask for a twenty percent increase. That way there's a little wiggle room for both of you to negotiate.

But what if they say no?

Well, you have several options.

Option one: you say, "If not now, when will you consider giving me a raise?"

If they say "next year", you can consider waiting.

And option two?

You tell them how much you like working for them and how much you value your job.

But then you tell them that you will have to consider looking for a new position if you can't come to some agreement on salary issues.

So it's sweetness first, and then ultimatums?

You said it. But just make sure you can really make good on your threat if you need to.

Thanks for the pep talk, Kim. I'm going to ask for a raise on Monday!

You go girl!