How difficult it is to resist temptation to buy a fringe item from a store, just to save $5? It’s hard, when you feel thirsty while you’re standing in front a cold soft drink. It’s hard to resist. For me particularly resisting a bar of snickers is too much. Well, the point is, you work too hard to save a few dollar. You deprive yourself to save such paltry amount. When it comes to asking for a raise, more than 70% of employees simply don’t ask for raise. They are afraid of making this simple request to their bosses. The best and smallest answer to getting raise is – ask you boss for a raise.
When it comes to saving money we go all out and try everything we can, well, most of us. Then why not at the time of your performance review? Salary can only be increased to satisfactory level when you ask for it. Ask for a salary increase at the time of year-end appraisal, ask for a bigger pay check when you switch your job.
Here’s my story in last 4 years. A story about my raises and how I got that salary increment.
Almost half of work force is not happy at current work. still I don’t read news about workers protesting about their salary, except the minimum wage earners.
Firstly, we are reluctant to discuss salary, even with our bosses. Secondly, we fear of getting sacked asking for it.
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When to know if you should ask for a raise? Here’s a good article. Whatever be your situation, there must be some way to work smarter and/or harder. Start doing it that way and then ask for a raise. No one can fire you if you do. Let your boss think you’re the best one around.
Enjoy my story of 4 years of continuous salary increment
I am not bragging about myself here. I hope by reading this article you get an idea and an inspiration to implement some of the methods I applied, and, get that well-deserved raise.
How I got raise in 2012
I got overall raise of 8% in 2012 after my performance appraisal
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How I got raise in 2013
I got overall raise of 9.5% in 2013 with 5% coming mid-year. 2012 was the best year for my career so far in term of salary increment
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How I got raise in 2014
I got overall raise of 3.5% in 2014. Not much but I am not complaining. 2013 was not a good year for our department. had a few too many outages in production environment. Unfortunately I am not in production support to help out but we all took the hit. I asked for raise but turned away politely for valid reasons.
I read this article, and tried to do everything possible, but nothing worked. Still I managed to secure a raise while other got 1 – 2% on average salary increment.
Next year I am planning to jump across department to get more salary.
Getting a raise by moving
It could be an internal move or moving out to a new employer.
Over the year I have learned that in career, to go up, you need to be at right place at right time. Till you realize that, you need to move on. Unless there’s some other ties that hold you up.
The bigger benefit of job hopping ( not too frequently though) is getting more and more salary with every move. And to be at right place at right time, you need to be always ready.
Work hard, work honestly, work intelligently and ask for raise. Do leave your comments. Readers. are you inspired? Do let us know about your tips and plans.