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April 19, 2010


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I took the iniative and followed a plan very similar to the post. I took on more responsibility, worked hard and set myself up for a raise. It took me about 6 months of working at it before I asked.

I asked my manager by giving him a detailed explanation of why I deserved such raise, and documented it via email and printed letter (makes it easier for him to forward to his boss). Followed up 2 weeks later and was rewarded with a 16% raise.

I was very satisfied, and the best part is it set the stage for further promotion.

TL the way, this happened 3 months ago, so business can give raises during bad economic times.


I was just thinking about this over the weekend. I am way underpaid, have recently been training other employees at my job, and sparked several ideas that have made the company lots of money.

But we've been in a wage freeze for at least a year. Does anyone have any tips for this situation?

Dee --

Read this:



Here is a thought: the most important question is WHY?

Why should your boss give you a pay raise? Why is it good for her/him? During the negotiation try to list as many arguments as possible, which are proving that it is in your boss' interest to give you a pay raise.

I know it sounds a little bit weird, but just try it. For your boss (as for any other human being) his or hers interests are the most important. Your boss doesn't really care if you have problems managing your own money. He or she wants to know, what is it in for him/her.

These advantages can be: more clients, higher performance, more efficiency...

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