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Ready For A Raise? Guarantee It With These 7 Savvy Tips!

Oct 9, 2007
OK. You've been performing well, You're getting good signals from the boss. Isn't it time for a raise?

If you are committed to your career advancement, there's nothing wrong with exploring a raise. Trouble is, if you're like most ambitious career climbers, you're not too excited about asking for one. As in most things in life, timing is everything.

In other words, just because YOU think getting a raise would be a good idea doesn't mean you should spontaneously act out on the idea. But some forward thinking and careful strategizing can dramatically move the odds in your favor.

Here are 7 savvy tips that can put you on the path to a raise:

1. Do your homework before you do anything. What have others in your organization done to get promoted? What is the basis your boss uses for raises? . . . performance? . . . creativity? . . . friendship?

2. Ask your boss what you can do to make yourself more valuable to the company. And ask him/her during a routine performance review. NEVER ask for a raise. Instead, ask how you can make a larger contribution.

3. Be prepared to demonstrate your accomplishments and contributions. And do it very specifically by the numbers. I mean by that you should quantify your results by showing dollars generated, percentage growth, savings, etc.

4. Work out some practical suggestions for improvement or bring to the table some new ideas. Write down your ideas in a presentation that you can leave behind for your boss to review.

5. Look for opportunities to take on responsibilities that go beyond your current job description. Gain more visibility by taking additional training, or signing up for in-house seminars. Make sure your boss knows about these career expanding activities.

6. Most importantly, take the time to generate chemistry and rapport with superiors. This does NOT mean buttering up your boss or paying unwelcome compliments. It does mean asking advice, being available to help out, looking for opportunities to take on an extra assignment or pitch in.

7. A final piece of advice that can seriously upgrade your chances: get yourself a mentor! Find a more senior manager a couple levels above you--someone who is well-respected in the organization. Turn that person into a career partner . . . a business friend who can offer suggestions about the best way to advance yourself. A good mentor can turn you into a job promotion winner!

Look. Raises and promotions are not handed out for the fun of it. A manager needs a rationale. If you can successfully provide him/her with a good one, your next pay check may be a lot fatter!
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Paul Bowley manages EEI, the world-class pioneer in alternative job search techniques and innovative e-business strategies . . . since 1985. Check out THE WORLD'S FASTEST JOB SEARCH PLAN! And grab our stunning FREE REPORT! http://www.fastest-job-search.com
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