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Six Steps to Set Yourself Up for a Raise

Six Steps to Set Yourself Up for a Raise

Clare O'Keeffe, Monster Contributing Writer

Many employees feel they’re underpaid for the work they do, yet they wait until their yearly performance review to negotiate a higher salary. But if you wait until then, you’ll be too late. You need to prepare year-round for that discussion. The following steps can help make sure you’re in position for a raise when review time comes around.





5. Frame Your Pitch

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When you sit down for your performance review, use all the information you’ve gathered and records you’ve kept to illustrate both your past work and future potential. Keep the negotiation focused. Don’t discuss upcoming expenses you might have or loans you’re hoping to pay off. These factors may be important you, but they will only distract your employer. Let the discussion focus on your performance and your future at the company. Make it clear that you want to grow in the job – and that you want your salary to grow with you.

During negotiations, be sure to mention other areas of your compensation package. It may be easier for your employer to expand your work/life benefits than to raise your salary, and frequently the resulting change is equally beneficial to you.

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