How to Ask Your Boss for a Promotion + Raise



Asking for a raise or promotion can seem really nerve-wrecking. Don't worry, these 5 helpful tips will help any of you who are looking for a little guidance and preparation for this big (and fun) step. Scroll on and check out the 5 best things you can do to prepare yourself for asking for a raise or promotion.


1. Research Your Worth & The National Average $ For Your Job

A great resource and tool for this type of research is Glassdoor. You can visit the website or download the app. Usually all you have to do to gain access to salary averages is to supply a review of your current or previous employer. It's a simple exchange that I did once and now have unlimited access to review company ratings, research job titles / career salaries and if I needed to search for a new job. The first time I used this technique with Glassdoor to ask for a raise when I was in college and working in Best Buy's Geek Squad department. I printed out the US and AZ median pay for someone in my role with my experience. I shot pretty high with my request and luckily (and to my surprise) my GM met me halfway and agreed to give me a raise.


2. Go The Extra Mile

If you're asking for a raise, you better make sure that you actually deserve it. Make sure before you ask for this raise that you are going above and beyond in your job. Sometimes this means being the first one in and the last to leave. Sometimes this will go unnoticed but for the most part...I assure you that someone is paying attention.


3. Become Indispensable

Before asking for a raise, consider this: Are you irreplaceable? If you quit or left tomorrow, would it negatively impact the company? This is something you need to ask yourself beforehand. If the answer is yes — then you need to work hard to make sure that this is not the case. Make yourself indispensable so that part of your company's success relies on you.


4. Make a List & Check it Twice

Another fun way to make sure you come prepared is listing out all of your personal and professional accomplishments. You could also list reasons as to why you believe you deserve a raise. Just keep in mind that you want to be prepared for any questions or concerns from your manager/boss.


5. You Won't Know The Answer Unless You ASK!!!!

Many of you reading this may be too shy or nervous to ask for a raise. You might be thinking, "OMG, what if they fire me for asking for too much money?" OR "What if they say no?" Honestly my best advice to you is that you won't know unless you ask. I actually have a great example of someone who was too afraid to ask, my husband. This past year he was set-up to have his annual review with his boss and his boss' boss. I encouraged him to ask for a raise or even if there was a possibility of him taking the place of a rumored higher position that had just opened up. Well...he chickened out. Luckily for his sake, they gave him a standard raise. BUT....a couple of weeks later they actually approached him and told him that they were promoting his current boss. They wanted to know if he would be willing to take his place. ARE YOU SERIOUS!??! I swear this kind of luck only happens to him. He was actually asked to take his boss' place. So...see imagine how much sooner (a couple of weeks) he could have had this job/position, if he just would have asked. LOL

Have you had any good or bad experiences with asking for a promotion or raise?

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