7 Things to Do Before Asking for a Raise in Writing

Are you getting ready to ask for a pay raise? It is an intimidating thing to do―no matter who you are.

You might think that you completely deserve your raise―but you still might feel very intimidated when it comes to asking for a raise.

If you have talked to your boss about a raise and you want to follow-up with them, here are 7 tips to writing a letter to ask to get a raise.

1. Know the market.

Do a lot of research about the field that you work in. Make sure that you are asking for a very understandable raise.

You want to show your boss that you have done your research and you know what is given as a salary.

2. Ask for it at the right time.

Make sure that you are asking for the raise at an appropriate time.

If your company is having evaluations, ask for the raise then.

3. Make sure that you write the letter to your boss.

Make sure that your letter is to the person that is right above you. You want it to be in a style that your boss will relate to.

You don’t want to make it too stuffy, or your boss wont’ respond, too casual and your boss won’t take your seriously.

4. Make a list of your achievements.

Make sure that you keep track of your achievements. This will show your boss that you are serious about getting a raise.

It will show them that you are going above and beyond.

5. Ask for a meeting with your boss.

Ask your boss to set up a time to talk about your possible pay raise. This is a good idea to get everyone on the same side.

Make sure that you are tactful and respectful of your boss. If your boss rejects your request, he or she will be able to tell you why.

6. Talk about possibility of a new position.

If you can’t get the raise that you want, ask for more responsibilities. If you are going to be doing more (and doing it well) a pay increase will come your way.

7. Don’t make threats to leave the company.

If your requests are denied, do not fret, maybe it’s not the right time for your company. Wait a couple of months before you ask for another one.

Asking for a raise is a very intimidating thing. If you do it right, you will be able to earn more, and you will be happier at work.


This is a guest post by Neltje M. Neltje is a writer for MyCollegesandCareers.com. My Colleges and Careers can help you if you are looking to get a pay raise by getting higher education by enrolling in online masters degree programs

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