You’ve earned it. You’ve done the time, burned the midnight oil, slayed all of the goals set in front of you and now it’s time to collect. Or is it? Turns out, asking a supervisor for a raise is one of the hardest thing for professional women to do.
Whether they’re worried they’ll appear greedy or are worried about the rejection, the bottom line is that speaking up for a raise when you deserve it isn’t something to shy away from.
To start, do your research. Make sure you’ve researched salary ranges in your field at other employers and know what’s reasonable. Does your salary reflect the market rate? Do you know how much you’re asking for? Know these numbers and be prepared to talk about them. Generally speaking, annual raises are between 1 and 5 percent.
The next thing you need to do is to be ready to talk about your future plans inside your position. It’s not enough to bring up all the great things you have done, you need to entice your supervisor to cough up the cash based on the promised results that you’ll bring in the coming year, too.
Finally, don’t complain about your current salary as it sounds. Negativity doesn’t usually sit well with management and you’ll end up looking like a complainer if you’re not careful.
So, hold your head high. Take a deep breath and go for it. You’ve earned it!