Steps To Getting a Raise
Make The First Move
Don’t wait for someone else to tell you what to do. Upper management admires an individual who takes initiative. Develop your individual talents. Educate yourself with new skills and knowledge. Show them that you are a real “go getter.”
Make Quick Decisions
Teach yourself to make quick, intelligent decisions. Being indecisive will hurt you. Anyone can make good, quick decisions–it is just a matter of training yourself. Intuitive instincts must be developed.
Seek More Responsibility
Take on the tougher assignments. Actively seek more difficult work with added responsibility. Take on all the responsibility you can handle. Try to take the added responsibilities in addition to your assigned work, The greater your responsibilities, the more you are an asset to management.
Increase Your Interests
The more you know, the more valuable you are to the company you work for. Go to night classes or just read books that will give you that added education. Increase your interest in things that will help your company. Specializing in as many things as you can will help you move up in a company.
Take The Risk
Nothing comes easily. Moving up in a company is going to be hard but rewarding. If you expect to move up, you must take chances. It is the little risks in life that give us the most advancement. If you don’t stick your neck out, your chances of moving up are slim.
Know Your Company
Find out everything you can about the company you work for. Understand and know your company. Study and learn the jobs of your fellow workers. Understand what they do and why they do it. Always try to increase your knowledge.
Know Your Boss
Find out what type of qualities your boss and upper management are looking for in employees. Try to develop those qualities.
Be Good At Your Job
Management always admires people who are efficient at their jobs. Keep the highest possible level of production and quality every day. Be so good at your job that you can do it without close supervision. Don’t fool around on the job, regardless of what other employees do.
Know Your Goal
You Should know exactly what position you want. Be the person they want if you want that position. Make sure you can do all that is required.
Devote Yourself To Your Company
You should have a strong sense of loyalty and devotion toward your company. Show the company that you care about its well being. Don’t disagree with company policies. Even if you disagree with them, obey them. The best that you can do is to agree with the policies and tell management diplomatically how you feel about them.
Being reliable is very important. A company wants to fell secure with your contribution to the company. Don’t be late or absent from work without a very good reason.
Make Sure Your Accomplishments Are Seen
There is nothing wrong with letting others know what you have accomplished, as long as long as you don’t brag. If the opportunity arises for recognition, take it. Make sure others know what you have done. A good suggestion is to jot down your accomplishments in a dairy. When you asks for raise, refer to your dairy. Keep all your recommendations and awards in a file.
Be A Problem-Solver
Look for problems in your company. Devise practical and intelligent solutions to these problems. Bring the problem to the attention of your boss only after you have solved it and have all the details of the solution.
If overtime work is needed, don’t ever decline or avoid it. Volunteer for committees, and then work hard for them so they meet their objectives.
Voice Your Opinion
When you speak up, make sure that your opinion is well thought out. Don’t whine to your boss. Talk things out with him. Tell him what you have to say and then listen to him. Speak to your boss loudly, clearly and specifically. Don’t voice a vague opinion–tell him in specific terms exactly what is bothering you.
Ask For A Raise
When you feel you are ready for a raise and you have fulfilled all the requirements I have pointed out, ask for one.