Over the last months you have been working to improve your professional image. This includes your personal presentation and the level of work you are executing. Your plan is to continue with self improvement, but you may be starting to wonder how it will pay off. So we turned to J.T. O’Donnell founder of Careerealism.com to answer this important question:
How do I ask for a raise in this economy? When will it ever be appropriate to ask for one?
J.T. had great advice. She says, “Don’t ask for a raise! Instead, ask for the protocol for earning a raise in this economy. Seek an opportunity to speak to you boss when he/she is in a good mood. ie. end of business day on a Friday. Seek their advice on whether they think getting a raise will be possible with the org in 2010, and what an employee will need to do to earn one. Then, loop back every month or so with an update to your boss on what you’ve done to do what he/she suggested in order to earn that raise. That way, you are gently reminding them that you are making the effort to get that raise. Better still, it gives them the opportunity to give you feedback on your performance so that when the time comes, there’s no choice but to give you the raise!”
We recommend utilizing your outlook calendar to give yourself gentle reminders to follow through on the goals that you will set with your supervisor. It will also make sure you don’t miss a check point to review your progress along the way.
Thanks J.T. for providing this advice. It’s never an easy topic. Especially with the current economic climate and proliferation of hiring and salary freezes. JT O’Donnell is the founder of CAREEREALISM.com, a top 10 career perspective site for professionals, ages 18-40. She has also provided valuable advice to Workchic readers on making your resume stand out, commanding a presence as a young professional, and deciding how to utilize facebook in your career.