Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON
Hi ladies! I started working at my current job 7 years ago just doing data entry and since then I have taken on a lot more responsibilities without getting a raise! 🙁 I make work for the data entry department, audit their work to make sure there’s no mistakes and I also cover the phones and great customers at reception! I still do data entry too but and I am able to do all these jobs in the day and still do better than the girls that just have to enter data all day! I found out that there’s a girl that just started in January and all she has to do is enter cards, and I have to make work for her, audit her work and she doesn’t have to cover reception like I do and she is making slightly more than me! I know I am deserving of a raise but I am afraid to ask for one because everytime I ask for something it causes a problem with my supervisor! Heck when I first started working for this company 7yrs ago my supervisor was the one making work for us, auditing and covering the phones so I am doing all the work that a data entry supervisor would do without getting paid for it! Can you please give me some tips on how I can ask for a raise without it turning into an argument!
Post # 3
Do you have a regular “touch base” or 1:1 with your supervisor? If you don’t, ask for a meeting. If your company doesn’t have a career path for you, suggest a new title for yourself and write your job description. Include everything that you do, and even any new responsibility taht you would want to take on. Ask your supervisor and HR to consider promoting you to this new position, and if they agree ask how your salary would be adjusted. If they aren’t open to this, you’ve taken the first steps to writing an awesome new resume – start shopping for a new job!
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON
I have an awkward relationship with my supervisor because once I asked for time off during the xmas holidays and I was denied it even though I had some vacation days left and this other girl that used up all of hers was going to get the time off instead, I ended up getting my time off only because she said if I did not work over the holidays I would get looked passed apon if any job promotions were ever available and then I guess she realized she shouldn’t have said that and gave me the time off! Since then I am afraid to ask for anything! I guess I could ask for a meeting to discuss this. I could ask her for a promotion and ask for my new title to be assistant supervisor but I am not sure if she would like that because she might think I am trying to take her job! I hope I can get the guts to just ask for one and if she says no, I will be shopping for a new job like you suggested! Thanks for your great advice.
Post # 5
Another good thing to do is to frame the conversation in a certain way. If you haven’t had a meeting in a while, you can ask for one, not to “demand a raise” (wink wink), but to “see if there is anything you can do to improve your performance”. Be sure to have looked up what your official duties are for your job description, what your actual, daily duties are, and to match these with the description (and pay range) of a different position, so that you can point out any discrepencies. Be sure to walk into the meeting with clear goals in mind. Then you can always ask what you should be doing in addition in order to reach those goals. It’s a way to go into these meetings that is not combative, but trying to be a good, productive employee. It will also give you a sense of what to expect in the future, or encourage you to look for a new job. Always keep that resume updated and ready to go.
Women get paid less then men, in part, becaues they aren’t willing to ask for more. Stick up for yourself!! (They will also get offered lower starting salary for the same resume, studies have shown.)
Post # 6
Oops, look like this is a double post! I’m going to close this one – please go here to comment:
Wanting to ask for a raise!