We’ve all been there – you’ve been waiting for the promotion that seems imminent, but then it never seems to come. It's hard to know how to ask for a promotion or a pay rise. Do you just go in and ask? Do you wait for your boss to bring it up? And what do you say when you finally get the courage to ask? Here is a comprehensive guide on how to ask for a promotion or a pay rise without feeling awkward or like you're overstepping boundaries.
Assess whether you really deserve it
The first thing you need to do is take a step back and really assess whether you deserve a promotion or a pay rise. They shouldn't be given out lightly - after all, it's more money that the company has to fork out. So, think about your recent successes at work and whether you've been going above and beyond what is required of you. If you can confidently say that you deserve it, then move on to the next step.
Research the going rate
Do some research on the going rate for your role in your area. That way, you'll have an idea of how much of a pay rise to ask for - and whether what you're asking for is reasonable. It's also worth considering whether the company can afford to give you a pay rise at all. If they're struggling, it might not be the best time to ask.
Build up your case
Once you've decided that you want to ask for a promotion or a pay rise, start building up your case by putting together a list of your accomplishments and successes over the past year or so. This will come in handy when it comes time to actually sit down with your boss and talk about why you deserve it.
Schedule a meeting with your boss - and come prepared!
The next step is scheduling a meeting with your boss so that you can discuss your case for why you should be promoted or given a pay raise. Make sure that you come prepared with your list of accomplishments as well as an idea of how much more money you would like to be earning.
Remember - this isn't an exact science, so don't be too disappointed if they don't give you exactly what you asked for but try to be reasonable in your request.
Promotions and pay rises aren't easy to come by, but if you feel like you deserve one, use this guide as inspiration on how best to go about asking for it without seeming entitled or ungrateful. Good luck!