You’ve been at your job for six months, a year, maybe even more, and you feel like you have devoted a good deal of yourself to the job so you want a raise. You deserve it, so why not get it. Sometimes it’s as easy as simply asking for it.
When it comes to convincing your boss you need a raise, if you have to do too much convincing it might mean that you don’t deserve a raise. However, some bosses are simply too busy to notice when it’s time to give you a raise so you’ll need to express your desire. Here are some of the things you can do to get their attention.
Learn Something New
Learn something new that can take you farther in your job. You could do some self-study on your own and learn about a different area of the job you work in or learn more about the products that you sell. Your boss will notice your increased knowledge while you’re on the job.
Another thing you could do to learn more, and show the boss you’re interested in putting more into the job is to ask about shadowing them for a day or a shift. Let them know you’re interested in learning more and climbing the ladder.
Prove You’re An Asset
Your boss might not always see what you’re doing on a day-to-day basis, but if you are continually doing what you can in order to be an exemplary employee they will notice. You don’t want to wait until it gets to review time before you step up your game, you want to be on top of things every day if you want to be considered for raises and promotions.
A few of the things that you can do in order to impress the boss include never showing up to work late, always going above and beyond, and always being and honest and trustworthy employee. Help when your help is needed. Stay busy and take initiative on the job even when there doesn’t seem to be any work to do (when there is time to lean there is time to clean).
Ask For It
You also shouldn’t be afraid to just ask for a raise. If you’ve been doing your job, and doing it well, asking will usually get you what you want. However, if you haven’t been putting your best foot forward at work you’ll probably get declined your raise, or at least told you’ll need to wait until evaluations come around.
It helps to know how raises work at your job, and normally that info can be found in the handbook you got when they hired you. In there you’ll find out if they give raises whenever or if you’re wasting your breath and time asking because they only do them during evaluation times at certain mile markers, like six months and a year.
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