Do you feel you’re paid a fair wage for all you do for your employer? A recent survey revealed that approximately 62% of women feel they are underpaid, yet most of them have never asked for a raise. Sure, money isn’t everything when it comes to our careers. Work-life balance, feeling motivated, being challenged, and being treated with respect rank high on the list of priorities, also. But none of that pays the bills like our salary does. So, next time you’re feeling like you’re not being compensated fairly, here are a few tips to help you get that long awaited pay raise that you so rightly deserve.
- When you’re performing at the top of your game and doing great work for your company, go ahead and schedule a “discussion” with your boss at that very time, even if your review is a few months out. Tell her you’re excited about growing your career with the company and you’d like to know when a good time to chat would be.
- Always keep a running list of your accomplishments and any new responsibilities you’ve taken over. Take the list with you to your “discussion” and use it as your cheat sheet, if necessary.
- Already have a figure or range in mind that you think is appropriate for your pay increase.
- Know your resume and the strengths you bring to your position, and show confidence while maintaining eye contact as you present these facts to your boss.
- If your boss proposes an offer that you feel is low, listen to her thoroughly instead of doing a lot of talking at this point. Strategically, you could talk yourself right out of an even better offer.
- If your boss doesn’t seem to want to come up any higher, let her know that you appreciate the consideration, then tell her the figure you had in mind and thoughtfully explain why you feel this is a more suitable amount for your role.
- If she still doesn’t budge, let her know that you are disappointed and then ask to speak again about the subject in a few months.
- If she does budge and gives you what you asked for, keep your cool and maintain a professional composure (save your celebration dance for after hours). Thank her for the acknowledgment and let her know you accept the raise. Then get back to work!