There comes a time at work when you start feeling like you’re worth more than what you currently make. While some just suck it up and perform higher quality work for the same amount of pay, others grab some confidence and ask for a raise.
So, if it’s that simple, why isn’t everyone just raking in the dough they deserve? Well, asking for a raise is a game of negotiation, and you have to bring something to the table that convinces your employer you’re worth the extra bucks.
Unfortunately, just doing your job well doesn’t always cut it as you were originally hired to fill that position and your current wage, in your employer’s eyes, pays for that. Here are a few “cherries on top” you can bring to the table that will get you a little bump on the pay scale.
Dress For the Job You Want
This one has been said many times before, but it’s still very true. Even if you’re a lowly assistant, slacking on your appearance indicates that you don’t take your job seriously enough to put some polish on your look. Human beings are very visual, and employers want to see you look presentable enough for a promotion, where you may be dealing with higher up clients or participating in more important meetings.
In our digital world, it may be easy to slack off from the waist down. But remember, even if you’re sitting in the cubicle for hours at a time, it only takes one passing glance to register that you’re not serious about moving up in the company based on your appearance alone. Besides, looking great gives you confidence and confidence gets you a raise.
Take On Overflow Strategically
No matter what position you hold, in these times of hiring less people to do more work to save money, employers expect their employees to take on more work than they were hired to perform and judge your ability to do so as an indicator of a “team player” attitude.
This sets up a an unfair paradigm where you work your butt off helping others and often find that doing your own job is put on the back burner. This will not get you a raise.
You were hired to do your job and do it well. Keep that a priority and take on tasks to help others only if you can justify the time spent with the value you will receive when it’s time to go into your boss’ office for that raise. If you can’t brag about making 100 copies for the file clerk last week, than it’s best they find somebody else that can.
Be Kind To People
Now this may sound odd, but being pleasant to work with is an incredibly important skill and developing it isn’t easy. Work is stressful, especially if you are unsatisfied with the money you’re making. If you let that stress come out in unproductive ways, people (including your boss) will notice and you will work yourself into a bad position. Maintain a positive demeanor, no matter what your circumstances are outside of work or whatever your frustration may be with work. This is something you don’t need to bring to the table but rather, something that will follow you into the boss’ office come raise time. If people like to work with you, it shows your employer that you’re able to manage people under stress and managerial positions pay the big bucks.
Don’t just aim high but take action to get there. These little tweaks can mean the difference between living paycheck to paycheck and covering your expenses with a little left over for actual, outside of the office, fun.
Have you ever asked for a raise? Did you get it? What strategies did you use?