Career Advice

How to Ask for a Raise in Uncertain Times

BY I Don't Love My Job / June 22, 2020

It's difficult for businesses and their employees during these uncertain times. That still doesn't change the fact that you might need an increase in pay. Therefore, you're probably wondering how you should approach your employer to get the raise that you so desperately need. The following are three tips that might help you get a positive answer to your request.

Avoid Being Demanding

The first tip to pay attention to is about your demeanor. The worst thing you can do is to walk into your boss's office and demand a raise. Your employer isn't obligated to give you a raise unless you have an employment contract or union representation. Therefore, you have to approach your employer with humility. 

Explain Your Struggle

It might help if you tug at your employer's heartstrings a little bit. Explain to them why you need a raise. If you're having trouble taking care of your family, or you've accumulated recent medical bills, the information might help the employer to be empathetic. Sometimes, you just have to be honest and approach a person with the truth. It might just get you the raise you need. 

Show Your Worth

Finally, you have to know your worth and be able to show it. Have you increased profits for the company? Have you trained other employees who have gone on to become stars of the company? Do you have skills that not many other workers have? You can use all of that information to express to your employer that you're well worth the increase in pay. 

You should be successful in getting the raise you desire if you use the tips mentioned above. At the very least, your boss will consider you for it the next time raises come around. Don't be afraid to open your mouth and ask for what you need.