How to get a raise?

Requesting a salary increase takes preparation and social skills. Sometimes, the reason we don't get a raise is directly related to how and when we request it. If you want a raise, some of these suggestions can make the difference:

1. Know the value of your work.

Just as each product has its price, each job has its value. Discover yours by asking colleagues or searching the internet. Remember not to get carried away by titles, but by responsibilities.

2. Confidence is key.

If you don't believe that you are worth more money, it will be very difficult to convince your boss that you are. Project your best professional skills and get ready with clear information about your responsibilities and achievements.

3. Focus on the reasons why you've earned it, not why you need it. 

The fact that you have three children, debts, or that your partner is lazy, is not relevant to the employer. You will get a raise because of the value you add to the organization. So pitch why you deserve it, not why you need it.

4. Pick the right time.

Timing is everything. Try to schedule a conversation with your boss right after you have just solved a problem, completed a difficult job, or acquired new responsibilities. If the organization has just dismissed personnel, closed part of its operations or has financial problems, it is definitely not the right moment.

5. Consider the personality of your boss.

Study if you like the data, if you prefer to listen to them, or see them, what is their best time of day, how they like to speak to you - and present your request according to their style.

6. Do it.

Asking for a raise is uncomfortable for many. On the other hand, if you don't do it, you wont succeed. Prepare and request it with a positive attitude. The worst that can happen is that they tell you no and of course - you keep working for a next time.