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8 Things to Know Before Asking for a Raise

Negotiating and getting a raise requires a great deal of finesse, interpersonal skills, and care. And every time you do it, you probably have the same questions: How do you get started on the whole process of asking for a raise? What techniques are bound to lead to greater success? And what do you do when you inevitably encounter obstacles along the way?

To help you (and your paycheck) out, we’ve scoured the web for the best resources to help you answer the question “how to ask for a raise,” and how to get that raise.

  1. First, ask yourself what’s been holding you back from asking for a raise in the first place. (Fast Company)
  2. Understanding the difference between short-term and long-term strategies can be crucial for getting the raise you both want and deserve. (Quint Careers)
  3. It can be really awkward to tell your boss that you think your pay is inadequate. Here’s how to make it easier. (Wall Street Journal)
  4. Did you know that there’s actual science behind the best time for asking for a raise? Make sure you know which months are prime times to see your boss. (Lifehacker)
  5. When you go in to start talking to your supervisor about asking for a raise, give a great deal of thought to your body language and how you could potentially come across. (Inc.)
  6. There are 10 key mistakes people make when asking for a raise, including inquiring when they’re not doing their best work or when their boss is way too busy. (Forbes)
  7. If it feels like your back is against the wall, it may seem obvious to use a counter offer to leverage a raise. But is that really a good idea? (LearnVest)
  8. On the managerial side of things, make sure you know how to talk to your employees about raises, too. It can make others feel a lot more comfortable. (Harvard Business Review)

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