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Is It Time To Ask For A Raise?

Apr 8, 2008
If you are working hard at your job and you think you really deserve more money, well, join a huge club. There are many people out there that are just like you in thinking that they are over worked and under paid. Who would not like to get a big, fat raise? A raise of any amount can help with the cost of almost everything going up. These days it seems like everything is rising except pay checks. So how do you go about getting a raise and when is the right time to ask for one?

If you have only been on a job for a month and have already missed a day or two, this would definitely not be the right time to ask for a pay hike. You at least need to have been working for someone long enough to prove that you are worth what you are already being paid. If this is the case and you do not think the job pays enough, you might want to just look for another job.

In some jobs pay raises are set on a scheduled basis or you may work where there is a production rate. If there is already a set up system for raises and a cap set on salaries, then you may not be able to wheedle a raise any sooner than or any higher than has been regulated by who ever you work for. Jobs like those in some factories or mills that are based on production will probably only allow you to make whatever your production out put is. The jobs are usually timed and set by that ever so often. The only way you can get the rate changed is to complain. This might do you good and may not if you are the only one complaining about what you get.

Working other places might allow you to have a little more flexibility when it comes to asking for a pay raise. If you have been with a business for several years or more and have not had a pay increase in some time, if your work record is good, and you know they are well satisfied with your performance, then it might be a good time to ask for more money. When you are a quality employee, you should not be afraid to let the boss know you think you are worth more.

By all means be prepared with a few statistics about jobs comparable to yours and what others are paid for similar work. Keep a cool head on your shoulders and be prepared to be turned down, at least the first time. Just because you ask once and do not succeed does not mean that you can not ask again later.
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Rachel Yoshida is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of no fax payday loans, and can help anyone get a Los Angeles payday loan in as little as 1 hour.
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