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Three Tips for When You Ask for a Raise

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Apr 20, 2016

Money in fistRegardless of what your specialty is or where you live, odds are that you want a raise. It can be a daunting prospect to ask for an increase in your compensation, but like negotiating for a salary at the initial interview, there are some things you can do to prepare yourself and hopefully get a favorable result. Here are a few tips from CNN Money on how to seal the deal:

Be confident. Enter the room feeling comfortable and confident, and do whatever you need to do to reach that state of mind and presentation. Do your research, practice what you’re going to say, and convince yourself that you deserve the raise that you’re asking for.

Leave room to negotiate. After you’ve done your research, you’ll have a ballpark estimate of what you’re worth. When you ask for a raise, ask for a number higher than what you want to give your boss room to negotiate.

Know your audience. Adjust your negotiation technique based on the person you’re making your case to. If they’re someone who prefers to avoid confrontation, try going in a little softer. Regardless of the type of person you’re appealing to, always sit up straight, maintain eye contact, and avoid any signs of nervousness like hand-wringing or picking at your clothes.