How to Get a Raise
Updated: Oct 21, 2019
When you need a raise, but your review is too far away, there are clear action steps you can take now to ask for that raise sooner than later.
First, write down your job description. Write down everything you can think of that you handle as part of your routine. Then, highlight all of the actions you currently take that go above and beyond what your job actually calls for. These are your starting points.
Then, ask your boss/manager/supervisor if you can have a few minutes of their time. Find out in this meeting how you can exceed their expectations this week. “What can I do to exceed your expectations of me this week?” Let them know you’re ready to take on a new challenge or two.
Once you’ve kicked ass with your new challenges, go back and ask for another meeting. In this meeting, let them know that since you’ve been hired, you have taken on all of these other duties (from your first list); and have recently added these new challenges (added from last meeting). Make sure you highlight how these challenges have positively impacted the company as a whole, or at the very least how they’ve improved/alleviated your boss’s job.
If you can have a conversation that includes measurable results, you will get measurable appreciation. In this case, you’re asking for that measurable appreciation in the form of a raise. Ask your boss if they would consider giving you a raise that is commensurate to the new challenges you’ve tackled. If not, ask them what it would take to get one and how soon.
In general, good bosses want to give you more money, but they also have to justify it. Giving them measurable results to defend their decision will make it easier for them to say yes.