4 things to do when asking for a raise - and 2 you should never do

Hoping for a raise this year? Read these 4 things you should do when asking for a raise.

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Asking for a raise can be awkward and uncomfortable. That may be true, but if you want to make more money you have to put your feelings aside and put yourself first. The subject of money is hard to approach, but there are some things you can do to ease the conversation with your boss and get the raise that you deserve.

Here are four ways to ask for a raise and prove you're worth it:

Keep track of your accomplishments

A raise is an investment in you as an employee and before a company spends money they need to know they'll get a return on their investment. Prove to your manager that you have worked hard to earn the raise by keeping track of your accomplishments throughout the year.

According to Harvard Business Review "You want to be able to demonstrate how you add value and how you've made a difference to the company."

Book an appointment with your boss

Asking for a raise isn't easy, but being prepared can make it go a lot better. Discussing money casually won't give you the chance to showcase your skills and accomplishments. Take some time to get prepared and book a meeting with your boss. This will show your manager that you're serious about your career within the company and hopefully in turn you'll be rewarded.

Research the salary range

There's absolutely no point in preparing for a meeting with your boss to ask for a raise if the salary you're hoping for is above and beyond what your company is willing to pay. Most companies offer a salary range for each job level, so research what it is for your current job and ask for a number that's within the range.

Of course we would all like to make more money, but our goals have to be realistic. Keep in mind it's better to ask for a little extra money and get approved than to ask for too much and get nothing.

Continue investing in yourself

Be professional at all times and don't be afraid to spend some money on investing in yourself. Attend conferences, take courses and go to workshops to help improve your skills.

Make sure your boss knows about it and even share a summary as a follow up to help the rest of your team. It shows your boss that you're working on yourself and being a team player at the same time.

Here are two things to never do if you want to ask for a raise:

Don't mention money in a group
Demeanor in the workplace is so important for career growth. How you present yourself and how you're perceived by others are just as important as the quality of your work. Don't bring up individual performance or salary in a group setting. This is tacky and could hurt your professional image.

Don't compare yourself to others
How much you're paid versus how much your co-workers are paid is irrelevant. Companies evaluate salaries on an individual basis. When asking for a raise it should be all about you, your skills and your contribution to making the company better.

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This article was written by Ginger Dean from Forbes and was licensed as an article reprint from April 30, 2016. Article copyright 2016 by Forbes.
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