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6 Tips On How To Get A Raise

Last updated October 18, 2020

So you’ve been at your job for a while now. You get along well with your boss and coworkers, and you feel confident in your role. Even though you like what you do, you’re ready to take on new challenges and responsibilities, which has you wondering if it’s time to ask for a raise or promotion. But before you are able to move up the ladder, you have to demonstrate that you are capable and ready.

Here’s what you need to do to nab that promotion.

1. Excel in your current position. 

If you are interested in being considered for a promotion, you have to stand out in your current role. This means not only doing the work you are required to do, but going above and beyond every day. Be the person taking notes and asking questions at every meeting, think of new ways to help your customers, and take on the projects that others snub. When you go the extra mile and do a great job, you’ll stand out for your manager. If your company offers professional development opportunities, like training in other departments or taking on bigger tasks and projects then sign up! It will show that you are eager to learn.

2. Be a team player. 

In addition to being great at your job, being a team player is a must. Managers are likely to promote employees who think about the company and the team - not just themselves. Demonstrate you are a team player by volunteering to help your coworkers, ask to take on additional projects, and be the person everyone on your team enjoys working with.

3. Have a positive attitude. 

Don’t ruin your chances of a promotion by having a terrible attitude. Being able to keep calm during stressful situations and seeing challenges as opportunities can set you apart from the rest of the pack and put you first-in-line for a promotion.

4. Be a problem solver. 

Managers love when their team brings solutions to the table. Flex your leadership skills by thinking of ways to save the company money, increase sales, or drive efficiency. Share your ideas and your enthusiasm with your manager.

5. Document your accomplishments.

To get a promotion, you need to show what you have achieved in your current position. Create a work journal that outlines the projects you managed, the number of customers you helped, and any education or training you completed that help you be better at work that helped improve the company. This will come in handy when you are ready to ask for a promotion, or during performance reviews.

6. Let your boss know what you have accomplished. 

Take charge of your career growth by scheduling a time to meet with your manager. Use this time to share the contributions you have made to the company or organization and let your manager know you are interested in moving up in the company and work together to establish a plan for achieving your goals.  

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