How to Negotiate Salary and Get a Raise
Inflation is becoming more apparent these days. With the cost of basic goods and services becoming more expensive, managing one’s finances has become a real concern. Whether you are struggling to pay some bills or simply want to get the money that you deserve at your job, it might be time to look into negotiating your salary at work.
Even when one deserves a pay raise, asking for one can be a sensitive and sometimes an awkward matter. However, it never hurts to ask for better compensation when you know exactly how.
Reasons Why You Should Ask for a Salary Increase
The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has made many employees very choosy when it comes to their workplaces. You might very well discover that you could make more money by switching jobs - but whether you are on the market for a new job or want to make more money at your current job, knowing when to negotiate your salary is an important skill.
Here are some factors to take into consideration when asking for a salary increase:
|Length of time you've been at your job||Job performance|
|The pressures of inflation||New skills or accreditations you recently acquired|
Salary Negotiation Points to Keep in Mind
So you know that you want to negotiate for a raise - you will need to be prepared in advance before you have the discussion with your manager or with the appropriate HR representative. It's a good idea to have talking points that you can cover so that you are more likely to get the raise you want. Here are some things to keep in mind:
1. If you have another job offer, you could use it as leverage for negotiating your salary. Be careful when doing this, however, since there's always a chance that your manager will call your bluff - although this is unlikely.
2. Do research on what the average salary is for someone with your position at work. If you feel as though you are underpaid, some sort of salary baseline could help you to plead your case.
3. Offer proven points about how you've been able to contribute to the company since you've started. If you've worked on some very successful projects, make sure to offer data points and results from those projects.
4. Practice these talking points in a mirror well before you go into the salary negotiation - maintaining a confident appearance and tone of voice will help you appear sure and sincere.
How to Negotiate Your Salary on Your Own
There are a few different ways to negotiate a salary increase on your own, with pros and cons to each one.
1. Negotiate your salary in person
The best way to approach salary negotiation is to do it in person. Speaking face to face with your direct supervisor allows you to refute any arguments that management may present right away. In this way, you also get a quicker response and offer any justification for your request.
The only disadvantage is that you will also be forced to provide an answer immediately when asked to justify the raise you are asking for. On that note, you might have to go over possible scenarios and plan your rebuttals ahead of time.
2. Negotiate your salary over email
If you feel too uncomfortable negotiating your salary in person, or if you work remotely, you might have to go about the process over email.
Asking for a raise via email has a few advantages over doing it in person. Sending an email takes down the level of anxiety a few notches lower and you can strategically justify the request for a raise in a clearer and more detailed way.
3. Negotiate your salary over the phone
Asking for a raise over the phone can be tricky as you have to properly assess the best time to contact the person and it can also be a bit hard figuring out their demeanor with just their tone. It’s also easy to lose the person’s attention and there’s a high chance that it will be difficult going over your reasons without them getting impatient.
Use DoNotPay to Help With Salary Negotiation
Asking for a raise is a big deal and something that could positively affect your finances. If you want some help navigating the process, turn to DoNotPay.
Here's how to negotiate your salary using DoNotPay in just 4 easy steps:
- Look for the 'Negotiate My Salary' product on our website.
- Enter your company's name and industry, and let us compile wage statistics in your field.
- Tell us more about your qualifications and achievements.
- Fill in your preferred base salary.
And that's it! Once the information is finalized, DoNotPay will generate an official salary negotiation letter that you can then email or present to your employer! DoNotPay is the fast, easy, successful way to get the salary increase that you deserve.
DoNotPay Works Across All Companies
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