3 Things You Should Do When Asking for a Raise

July 13, 2015

When’s the last time you received a raise? And no, we aren’t talking about the 3 percent cost of living increase your work doles out each year — but a real based-on-how-great-you’re-doing raise.

Think about it, if you’ve been at your job for five years or more there’s a good chance new hires at your same level are getting paid just as much as you – or in some cases more.

When you’re ready to pop the question keep these three things in mind:

1. List your accomplishments. Many managers have no idea the breadth of everything you do and all the great things you’ve done for your company. This is your time to brag. Don’t be modest and type up a bulleted list of accomplishments over your tenure at your job. Bring this when you ask for your raise and leave a copy with the person you are asking.

2. Hold a power pose. At a recent TED talk, a professor at Harvard Business School that studies non verbal behavior said holding a “power pose” for just two minutes could boost confidence. The professor said anything that “opens the torso, such as standing with your legs spread apart and reaching your arms above your head” is a power pose. Clearly, you’ll need to do this in the bathroom stall so people don’t think you’re crazy. Before your raise request, duck in the stall, do this for 2 minutes and get a surge of confidence!

3. Smile. Yes, it’s that simple. Experts say smiling when you’re stressed actually helps improve your performance. When you’re frowning, you’re sending your brain a message that the task at hand is difficult and you tend to start “shutting” down. Smile and remember to just fake it till you make it.

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