(Closed) asking for a raise?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

I think that is one of the easiest situations in which to ask for a raise.  I would ask to speak to your boss, then let them know that you have an offer for another job at a higher rate of pay (you don’t need to be specific about the amount or the benefits involved), and that you’d really rather not change jobs, but the pay raise is making you seriously consider it.  She’ll probably ask if there is anything they can do to make you stay, at which point you name your price.

I think just being open that there are other opportunities out there is nice, especially if you make sure she knows you don’t really want to leave, but the financial aspect is driving you to consider it.   Worst case she says no to a raise, right?  Then you have to decide whether or not to move on!

Post # 4
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I would ask. My FI’s boss won’t give raises unless asked. If you feel like your work is worth more definitely say something!

Post # 5
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Make sure you don’t only focus on the fact that you were offered another position. It definately can be used as a bargaining point, but you also have to prove your worth to your current employer.

Come in with specific examples of times you have exceeded expectations, increased the company’s profits or saved them money.


Post # 6
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I asked for my first raise ever about 2 years ago & felt much like you described. It was soo hard to ask for and I ended up sending my request via e-mail (probably not the best way to go etiquitte wise but I’m a huge introvert). I just laid out my argument, the pay increase I wanted & why I thought it was reasonable and waited. My boss called me in to say that he didn’t know if they could do that, he appreciates my work, and hopes I’m not going to leave the company if I don’t get the raise. So I was stressin big time, until 3 days later I get an e-mail from him saying that I got the raise I asked for & then some! 

You just gotta get the gusto up & go for it. You’ll never get what you don’t ask for, and the worse case is that they say no, and you can then decide to stay or take the other offer. My guess is that if the workplace is as close as you make it sound they are not going to want to lose such an integral employee…

Post # 7
3885 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would not even bring up the fact that you’ve had another offer; this does not sit well with employers and calls your loyalty into question.

If it’s been over a year since your last raise, i would document any new responsibilites you’ve taken on and are handling well. If you’ve done anything to improve efficiency (either for yourself, your team/workgroup or the whole company) document it, even better if you can attach a dollar figure to it or at least a number of hours you’re saving per week/month.  Any new project or over-and-above activity, document it.

“Hi Boss, it’s difficult to ask this, but I would like to talk about my compensation. Since my last review (or whatever milestone, first of the year, etc) I successfully took over the Big Bank Company account, and you know how angry they used to be, but now they love us. I’ve also trained Sally our new employee, and set up the customer leads database that the sales guys now use; just last week Joe said it saved him about 3 hours of paperwork each week. I think these accomplishments say a lot about my quality of work, and I’d like to ask that my compensation be adjusted to reflect that!”

Post # 8
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think you got great advise from PP – just be CERTAIN going in to your meeting that you will leave if you don’t get more money. I’ve had employees come in, say “I had an offer from this place, I want xyz dollars more or I’m leaving” (only more elaborate). We look at the numbers, make a reasonable offer (or say we can’t do anything), and then they don’t leave. The employee NEVER looks good in that situation. Just be prepared to provide evidence for why you deserve more money….maybe even have a list of new responsibilities you would like to have.

Post # 11
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Glad to hear it worked out well! Congrats on your raise!

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