Tips on Asking for a Promotion or Raise

As someone who had to write out all of the reasons I deserved a raise every 6 months for 6 years, I picked up some pointers. If you are in a similar position, feel free to use these tips to ask for an increase in salary at your job.

List Your Accomplishments

You can demonstrate your importance to the company by bringing up your significant achievements at your next performance review. Your boss may have forgotten about some of the great decisions that you made during the year, so you may need to remind him/her. Make a list of any new initiatives that you started that made the company money or strategies employed that saved the company money. Hand a copy of this list to your supervisor when you approach the subject so that he/she can see just how valuable you are to the company.

Be Assertive

It is important to strike the right balance between being assertive and not being too aggressive. You do not want to be too passive or you may be overlooked, but you do not want to be so aggressive that you are perceived as pushy. Try to be confident when asking for a promotion and boldly present your case. Explain why you are the best candidate for the position and how promoting you will help the company’s performance or why you have earned a raise.

Ask your Boss for Advice

If you have asked for a raise in the past and were denied, then it may be time to change your game plan. I would suggest asking your boss for a list of things that you could improve upon that would warrant a salary increase. You can use those suggestions to make a checklist. Once you have checked off every item on the list, you’ll know it’s time to go back and make your case again.

Do your Research

I highly suggest doing your research on the average salary in your career field before asking for a salary bump. Find out what other people in your position are making that have similar experience. This gives you a frame of reference so you will know what to ask for when negotiating. Ask your boss for a salary that is comparable with what other professionals like you are making. This may make your request more reasonable to your employer.

My Experience

I worked in a car dealership software company for a bit more than 6 years. We had performance reviews every 6 months. I constantly followed my own advice and I’ll be honest – it never seemed to matter. BUT, my company was rated at the very bottom in every category for good employee relations, so it was a special situation. That was one big reason I decided to quit and rely on self-employment from here on out.  Some companies do reward their best employees when they are confronted with solid data. You probably know if you work for one of those companies or not. Take that into account when presenting your case.

Have you ever asked for a raise or promotion? What helped you?

Edwin C

Edwin is a marketer, social media influencer and head writer here at Money In The 20's. He manages a large network of high quality finance blogs and social media accounts. You can connect with him via email here.

3 thoughts on “Tips on Asking for a Promotion or Raise

  • August 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    When presenting my case, I use past accomplishments. It works in some instances. When you are an executive,they expect more from you.

  • August 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I told my bosses that I was not being paid enough and I would need to look for another position since I could make more money with my skill set.

    My company was not giving raises. So my super savvy boss, decided to rework my job description making it a level 10 instead of a level 9. The lowest salary on a level 10 was $39K. It gave me a $4K raise.

  • August 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

    An article everyone can benefit from! Always leverage what you know to get what you want. In this situation, it’s not only important to know what similar professionals make, but also what they produce. I’ve heard time after time, someone who has been at a company forever is training a new employee who is making more and knows less. Remind your boss how illogical this is and politely ask for consideration.


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