In this lesson, you prepared to ask for a raise.
You listed details about your job in a document.
You created a table to organize your skills and accomplishments and match them to your
You searched the internet for information about average pay rates for your position
Then, you decided whether to ask for a raise.
To prepare for a sensitive conversation with your supervisor, you highlighted items in
your document to help you make your case.
Then, you wrote a script for how you would ask for a raise.
You used that script to role-play asking for a raise with a partner or on your own, and
you gave and received feedback to help you improve.
Taking the time to organize information in a document makes it easier to present your
raise request professionally and back it up with well-thought-out reasoning and facts.
You can use this kind of preparation for any important conversation or event.
You might organize information in a document to get ready for:
A job interview
A negotiation with a serviceperson, such as an auto mechanic or a contractor.
Despite your preparation, there is a chance that your manager will reject your raise request.
There are a variety of reasons this may happen.
It may be that your manager doesn’t agree with your assessment of your job performance.
Or, there may not be money in the budget to allow for a raise at this time.
If your raise is rejected, be sure to politely and professionally ask the reason why.
This will allow you to make a plan for what to do next.
For example, if it’s a bad time to ask for a raise, ask your supervisor if you could
revisit this request in three or six months to see if business has improved.
If money isn’t budgeted for raises, remember, there are other benefits besides hourly pay,
such as vacation time and tuition reimbursement.
If your performance is the issue, ask your manager for specific ways you can improve.
Take those self-improvement suggestions seriously, and add a few of your own.
Think of three ways you can improve your performance before the next time you ask for a raise.
You might get more training, take on a new project, or get mentoring from a more experienced
Planning for possible rejection can turn your raise request into an opportunity for personal
and professional growth, which gives you an even better chance to have your request approved
in the future.