How to ask for a salary increase?
It is the most important step in any career path: the salary increase. It is difficult to identify the ideal time to ask for a raise from your superior. We often tell ourselves that we should “wait for the right time”.
When is the right time to ask for a raise?
Especially since the subject of salary is still taboo in many companies and even among colleagues. A recent survey conducted by Robert Half proves it: 57% of respondents say they never discuss their salary with their colleagues. Here are some examples of appropriate times to talk about your salary increase.
During the annual appraisal interview
The annual interview is still a tradition in the vast majority of companies, at the beginning, middle or end of the year. Why not take advantage of this one-on-one meeting with your boss to negotiate a salary increase. It is a wise choice because it is an opportunity to take stock of the past year, your skills, your aspirations and, above all, your performance…. Ask yourself the following question before starting the negotiation: Have I met my objectives? This shows that your management includes you in development projects and in the future of the company.
You are about to receive new tasks, or even new responsibilities: take advantage of this moment to highlight your skills, legitimize them and get a salary increase. After a training course: have you just finished a training course and gained experience or new skills? If your skills are really interesting for the company, it would be wise to ask for a salary increase. The post-training period is therefore ideal for taking action: wait to put what you have learned into practice and show your employer the benefits. This will provide you with concrete arguments that you can use to your advantage during negotiations. Your salary increase could be substantial if these new skills enable you to get a promotion.
After several successes
A salary increase is generally a reward for good work over the long term. While it is not advisable to ask for a raise after a short assignment, it is a good idea to start negotiations after several successes. Has your employer had a chance to evaluate what you really bring to the company? It is also essential to be able to quantify these results materially, from one year to the next, for example by highlighting progress made. At any time if your remuneration is too low Is your salary below the current average? Do you have to take on responsibilities that were not foreseen in your employment contract?
If you feel that your salary does not correspond to your tasks and skills, do not wait to enter into negotiations with your employer. It is essential that you prepare your arguments and, above all, that you are precise in doing your homework.
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