You hold a few more cards when you’re interviewing for jobs than you do as an employee seeking a higher salary, so you may have to be a bit more conservative during these conversations.
Once Again, Know Your Worth
- My responsibilities and/or skill level have increased since my pay was last discussed.
- Others at the organization are doing the same work and being compensated more.
- Others in my industry are being compensated more.
Dive In Right Away
“Don’t try to camouflage a money discussion inside another discussion,” says Meese. Set expectations upfront with your manager that you have asked for a meeting with them to discuss your salary, and dive in with your prepared points. Beating around the bush or burying the compensation question inside another conversation can leave both you and your manager feeling confused and dissatisfied with the discussion.
Choose Timing Carefully
If you recently flopped a big project or even had a bunch of assignments in a row turned in late, it’s probably not the best time to ask for a raise. But if you just had a particularly stellar performance review or nailed a huge presentation, now is the time to make your move. It doesn’t have to be time for your annual or quarterly performance review to ask for a raise. Choose the time that feels most appropriate for you.
“Come prepared with what you’re asking for,” says Meese. “Don’t come with a general ‘I need more.’ You have to make your case. The case is a combination of, ‘This is the work I am doing for us, this is some of my past performance, and these are some of the projects I’ve done.’” Unfortunately, a new baby on the way or an unexpected medical bill are not appropriate reasons to ask for a raise; what happens at home is your business. Continua a leggere