17 Tips To Help You Get A Raise

3. Make An Appointment

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Do not have an impromptu meeting about your potential raise. The water cooler, the hallway or the elevator are no places to discuss this serious matter. Schedule a meeting, and when you do, let your boss know you want to talk about your career growth. It will give your boss a chance to prepare for your meeting, advises Lynn Taylor, author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job. Also, do not make your request by email. This meeting requires face time. If you do not work in the same location as your boss, of course this rule does not apply.

4. You State The Amount

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When you have your meeting with your manager, supervisor, or boss, make sure you are the one to specify the amount of your desired raise. It’s doubtful he or she will readily agree and send you skipping back to your cubicle. Your figure will undoubtedly begin negotiations, but when you state the figure, you set the anchor from which the person opposite you will counter with a lower figure. It will be more difficult for you to negotiate up from a number the other person sets. Read on to find out what kind of figure you should request.

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