This article is part two in our “Ask for a Raise” series. Read part one, "How - and When - to Ask for a Raise" for further insight.
If you’re still waiting for your boss to saunter over to your workspace and offer you a pay raise, stop waiting. Experts advise the best way to get a raise is to actually ask for one, and not wait for it to come to you. After all, if you wait, it may never happen.
But before you go asking, make sure you’re armed with ammunition and facts to back up your request. Does your work performance show your worth? Do your managers speak highly of you? Is it even the right time to ask?
We pulled together advice and best practices from HR managers and experts so you know just what to gather before taking this important step.
You don't get a lot of shots at this, so before you put your hand up, take a temperature check of the company, and your managers, both in a professional sense and in their private lives. If your gut says it's a bad time, it probably is." -Hubert Southall, an Associate Creative Director at SapientRazorfish Miami
Know that when www.salary.com surveyed employers, posing the question, “What percent of employers fire people for asking for a raise?” — the response was zero (0%.) The lesson here is - step forward and ask for the pay raise! If you don't ask, you don't get the raise." -Sharon Schweitzer
Switch jobs: Leaving typically gives you a salary bump of 10 to 20 percent, compared to an average raise of 3 percent, according to business management consultants Towers Watson. To maximize your talent, it's best to switch jobs every three to four years if possible.
Obtain a competing offer: Be willing to switch jobs if your current employer can’t or won’t provide a pay raise or match a competing job offer. Be sure it’s the job you want because you can use this tactic only once per employer." -Sharon Schweitzer