Before asking for a raise, it is a good idea to assess whether your company is in a position to give you one, especially with the current economic situation. You should research the average salary for someone at your level, and see if your salary falls in line with it.
If after this first step you still believe that you are deserving of a raise, make a list of your accomplishments and the contributions you have made to your firm so you can present your case thoroughly. It is important to make an appointment with your supervisor so that they will truly have time to focus on your request.
You need to be realistic about your salary demands and keep in mind that the average increase today might be less than 5%. Also, you should be flexible with your request. For example, perhaps instead of a salary increase you would rather have more vacation days or flextime. Most importantly, stay calm, cool, and collected while speaking with your supervisor. Doing so might increase your chances of receiving the salary increase that you desire.
Jane Waldman is the director of recruitment at Kaplow.
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