Updated 14 August 2013

Asking for a raise

Are you working like a slave for a mere pittance, but the thought of asking the boss for a raise make you come up in hives? Here’s how to get what you want.

Does the thought of asking the boss for a raise make you come up in hives? Many people never get it together to ask for more money.

But are you working like a slave for a mere pittance? Here’s how to put an end to it.

Take action:

Asking for a raise three months into your new job is simply not on – wait at least a year before you do this; do your best to keep the request straightforward – don't be aggressive and don’t say horrible things about the firm, or your colleagues; validate why you need a raise – show your boss examples of the work you've done in the office and after-hours; giving ultimatums is never a good idea, unless you are prepared to carry them through; choose your time – when he/she is under pressure for the budget meeting, skulk back to your desk and give it a day or two until he/she is in the right frame of mind.

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