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Saturday 23 August 2014

How to ask for a raise

Published 25/06/2014 | 02:30

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* Do your research – check the market, look at salary surveys, have a realistic understanding of your worth.

* Share your research with the boss to back up your claim.

* Pick the right time – no point in asking for a raise when redundancies have just been announced.

* Do it face to face.

* Pick a time when the boss is susceptible, not when he/she is under pressure – you won't get a hearing.

Don'ts

* Use the threat of leaving – you might be taken up on your offer.

* Be put off – if you don't get it now at least you've started the conversation and indicated your expectations.

* Leave it too late in the year – ask before management start the pay deliberations.

* Nag – everyone hates a nag, so don't annoy the boss.

* Bother if you know there isn't even a vague possibility!

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