By Renee Hanson, Certified Financial Planner
Just because times are tough doesn’t mean that you have to write off asking for a raise. You do, however, need to be thoughtful in your approach.
- Identify your market value and then evaluate how you measure up. For help gathering that information, call a recruiter that specializes in your industry or check out online sites, such as salary.com.
- Schedule a meeting with your boss to discuss your contributions and how your compensation aligns with them.
- Be prepared to remain objective and share information. In addition to the numbers on what others in your field are making, make a list of your important contributions. Include ways that you have saved your company money or brought in new business. Whenever possible, include numbers that demonstrate your value.
- Remain calm, positive and conversational. Don’t threaten to leave or give any other ultimatums. Instead, start by saying that you’d like to have a conversation about your value to the organization.
- Know what you want and be resourceful. Focus on your total compensation — salary, bonus, stock and benefits. If a raise is out of the question, consider asking for other benefits, for example, restricted stock or stock options, additional vacation time or a lump sum bonus.
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About the Author:
Renée A. Hanson, CFP®, CEP®, CDFA™, CFS, is a private wealth advisor with Hanson, Ayala & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Her passion is in helping women achieve their dreams and financial goals, regardless of life’s many obstacles. Renée is licensed/registered to do business with U.S. residents only in the states of AZ, CA, CO, GA, IA, IL, MI, MN, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, PA, SC, TX, VA, WA, WI. Please visit: www.reneehanson.com to learn more.
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