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What's the best way to ask for a raise?
I've been working at the same job for a year now and I'm finally getting up the nerve to ask for more money. Can anyone recommend any good techniques?
Have a plan to lay it out in such a way that it makes financial sense. Bosses like numbers especially when they represent money they make or save. A friend of mine was able to make the case with the photography he started doing. Normally outsourcing this work would have cost the company 25,000 /year. He was able to get a 6% increase by having some simple math prepared and some replies rehearsed for what he thought would be the likely objections.
I think the best way to put yourself forward for a raise is to arm yourself with what you've done that's had a positive impact on the company's bottom line. If it's time for a review, prepare to meet your manager with an honest assessment of how you think you're doing and be open to asking what more you could do to help the company and your career.