General timing for a raiseWhile there is no absolute rule as to when it might be the right time to ask your boss for a raise, in many companies, as an employee approaches the one year mark, it’s not uncommon for that person (or the boss) to bring up the subject of a raise.In some companies, there might even be a possible bump up around the 6-month mark, depending on the type of job and special projects you’ve taken on successfully. And if it’s part of some promised salary step-up plan, it could even come more often.
When the subject should come upWhen you are offered a job and first negotiate the salary, part of the negotiation (of there is any) would ideally include how often raises are given, when it’s ok to start asking about it, and whether salary increases are automatic or dependent on something you’ve done and / or how the company is doing.This is especially useful of you can’t get as much as you would like to begin with. You’re laying the groundwork for the next time you can get a boost. The same is true after you’ve been there a while, and have been turned down for a raise or you got less than you wanted. Try to map out the next step and what, if anything, you need to do to insure that it happens.Some companies have handbooks that outline policies including things like raises, promotions or annual increases. If there is an HR department, you can also approach them. But your best source, even if you have to screw up some courage, is to sit down with your boss and ask. It lets you establish some future milestones.
What if you’ve been there longer than a year?If you’ve been there for a couple of years without a raise and have never brought up the subject with your boss (nor have they mentioned it to you), then by all means do so. But first, do some preparation work:
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