3 Best Ways to Ask for a Raise (And Get It)!

Filipinos often feel funny discussing money. And unfortunately, that includes asking for that much deserved raise. If you want a raise or a promotion, you really need to learn to ask for one. Below are three ways to help ensure you get a green light.

When asking for a raise you need to get out of your comfort zone and believe with all your heart that you deserve it. But it’s just as important to get yourself armed and ready just like you would at a client pitch. Check out these three tips on how to ask for a raise from your boss and be successful at it.

1Share advancement goals with your boss and ask for feedback

Founder and CEO of The Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential Danielle Harlan has this for advice: If you've been in your current role for at least six months, schedule for a one-on-one with your boss. In a non-pushy way, share that while your first priority is to do great where you are now, your long-term goal is to advance. Say that you want to make sure you're doing things right. Then ask for advice on how you can do even better. That way, you involve your manager on mentoring you for the next role. Next step is to excel at implementing your boss’ suggestions. That way you’ll be on the mark by the time you ask for your raise or promotion.

2Make your request before your company’s scheduled performance review

Here’s a little-known but very strategic tip: Usually, employees ask for a raise on their performance appraisals. But in most companies, salary decisions have already been made beforehand. So the smart thing to do is to make your request two months before review time.

3Don’t be shy about sharing your accomplishments. Do it early in the game and often.

Here’s another one: We Filipinos feel queasy about trumpeting our wins. But if you want your boss to see that you’re a star performer, toot that horn! Make it your goal to consistently exceed expectations. Go the extra mile, even. Offer to take on more responsibilities but make sure you manage your projects well. Then make it a habit to let your boss know about your wins as they happen. That way, by the time you ask for that raise or the fancier title, your boss will only be too happy to give the well-deserved thumbs up.