What is the best way to go about asking for a raise or promotion?


I was completely caught off guard by the above letter sent to me by a job seeker who had been temping for us for several months. You see, normally, I get calls demanding a raise, justifying a raise and entitled about why someone deserves more money. Never, in all of my years of recruiting, had I received a letter that was so well thought out, eloquent and precise.

This letter was a call to action, which is why I thought it would be worthwhile to share with you and to use as a format to approach getting your own raise and/or promotion.

Below are five steps of how to approach your employer about an increase in your compensation and/or a promotion:

1) Start with gratitude. What I loved about this letter was it started with a simple “thank you” and a compliment.

2) Discuss where you have increased Productivity, Efficiency & Performance (PEP). In this letter, the job seeker clearly states what she has accomplished in the time that she has been contracting for us.

3) Reference where you have received positive feedback. Getting strong letters of recommendation or references from your managers are priceless. These recommendations are always great evidence when working on making a case for a raise or promotion.

4) Re-iterate your gratitude for the position you already have. When asking for a raise or promotion, it is important to be clear that you appreciate the job you already have, and your current compensation so that it does not occur as though you are no longer willing to stay in your current role or at your current rate.

5) Stay humble. “Please” and “Thank you” go a long way. When you approach a manager for a raise or promotion from a place of humility and appreciation, your words will go a lot further.

Upon receiving this letter, I immediately reviewed the facts, the way the letter was written and the person’s past performance and determined that, YES, this person definitely deserved an increase in compensation based on their hard work, dedication and performance.

You may not always get the raise or promotion you want immediately, but if you remain patient, consistent and clear in your intention, you will always be well received.

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