Your chances of getting a raise depend on how valuable your company things you are to its mission, not on how much you have contributed to the company in the recent past. Make your move when you have newly proved that you are deserving of a raise.
Here is how to approach your boss with a request for a raise:
- In your projects, demonstrate your distinguishing abilities or employ the unique skills that your competition does not have, both inside and outside the company.
- Respect the chain of command. Beware of your company’s formal routes for asking for a raise and discussing career advancement. Work your way through the established channels.
- Do not appear too anxious to get a raise. Managers will be reluctant to support you they get the impression that you are more concerned about your own success than that of your company.
- Make a persuasive case, but do not push too hard or, worse, start a confrontation. Do not threaten to quit if your needs are not addressed.
- One prudent tactic is to approach your supervisor to guide you on what you need to do to get a raise. That way, you are likely to get your supervisor to back you when you ask for a raise.