Asking for a Raise

A reader writes…

I asked for a raise recently, but didn’t get it.   What should I do?

Dear “Dollar Short,”

Sorry to hear you didn’t get the raise.  What a kick in the pants, especially after you built up the courage to ask and likely took the time to plead your case!  With budget cuts and downsizing, I can see why a raise (right now, anyway) may be out of the question for some companies.  On the other hand, there are a lot of businesses hiring out there (for potentially similar positions) and you should be paid fairly.  If you’re interested in getting a glimpse of going rates, click here  and enter the requested fields to see where you stand.  Then again, you’ve hopefully checked around already… before putting your hand out!

So, what to do next? Consider these tips and suggestions:

1. First and foremost, don’t get mad (at least not publicly!) – This is probably the worst reaction to a boss who says, “no.” You are always under surveillance, particularly in circumstances such as this.  Remain professional.

2. Ask for feedback – Don’t just leave it at, “no,”  find out why.  Does it have to do with your performance?  Was it a timing issue? Is it a budget issue?

3. Come up with a plan – If your boss indicated a performance issue, be proactive and suggest working together on ways to make improvements.  As difficult as it may seem to turn a negative outcome into a positive opportunity – it’s the right thing to do (and will be well received).

4. Make a move within – Maybe it’s time for a change.  Look into transfer opportunities within the company.  By trying out a new role, while maintaining the familiarity of your organization… you may just get what you wanted. 

5. Find a new job – This is going the extreme, but maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.  Just remember, you may run into the same situation (just under a different roof).  It’s a risk, but one worth taking… if the price is right!

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Anita Clew's blog posts are intended for general guidance and should never be taken as legal advice. In all instances where harassment, inequity, or unfair treatment is believed to be present, please consult your HR Department or legal representation.
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