How To: Talk your boss into giving you a raise in a recession

Talk your boss into giving you a raise in a recession

In this economy any job is better than none at all, right? Of course, but if you know you are worth more than you're making, follow this tutorial for tips on how to ask your boss for a raise. You'll never know if you don't ask! Good luck!
You Will Need
• Company's financial profile
• Good timing
• Justification for a promotion
• Achievement record
• Confidence
• Enthusiasm
• Perk list

Step 1: Know your company's financial health
Know your company's financial health. If it's robust, the recession should have no bearing on whether or not you should get an increase.

Step 2: Ask for a promotion
If your company has instituted a salary freeze, see if you can justify asking for a promotion; they are often exempt from the no-raises policy.

Step 3: Time it
Ask for a raise right after you've done something valuable. If you wait for your review period, the glow of your triumph may have faded.

Step 4: Justify it
Explain exactly why you deserve more money. That's often easy to do during a recession, when layoffs mean that employees who were retained have taken on the work of those who were let go.
Keep a written record of all your achievements so you can build a good case when it comes time to ask for a salary increase.

Step 5: Be nice
Ask with confidence, but ask nicely. Come across as enthusiastic about the company, not resentful.

Step 6: Ask for a consolation prize
If more money is completely out of the question, ask for some other kind of compensation, like more vacation time, stock options, or the ability to work from home. Or consider asking for a better title; it could help you land a higher-paying job when the economy recovers.

Did you know? Wednesday is the best day to ask for a raise, according to one survey of managers.

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