How to Get a Raise

So, you’re looking to get a raise, but have no clue where to start. Well, you’re in luck! Below are top tips for not only how to get a raise, but how to feel confident in doing so.

  1. Ask for LinkedIn recommendations from previous employers and coworkers. LinkedIn reviews not only boost your credibility but grant you the opportunity to allow others to speak to you and all that you accomplished while working for them or alongside them. If you don’t feel comfortable asking your previous employers for a review, reach out to coworkers that you know and trust. It always helps to offer to write a reciprocal review (in return!). Win win for everyone involved! Once you receive recommendations, sift through them and choose your favorites to include in your resume or cover letter. 
  2. Switch your job every three to four years. Yep, you heard us right! And we don’t mean switching roles internally at your current company — we mean leaving your company entirely. In fact, one study (though from 2014) showed that staying at the same company for more than two years on average leads to 50% less in lifetime earnings (Forbes). While finding a new job may be scary, opportunity awaits and if you’re looking for a higher salary, this may be the way to go. 
  3. Never stop learning. Just because you finished your degree doesn’t mean that learning should stop! An excellent way to brush up on old skills and obtain new skills is through LinkedIn Learning or taking Grow with Google courses. Both websites allow you to complete courses and certifications that you can take (quickly!), add to your resume, and speak to. 
  4. Last but not least, ask for a raise. If you’re not quite ready to leave your company, ASK FOR A RAISE! Don’t expect the opportunity to present itself — be a go-getter. A good place to start is to create a bulleted list of why you’re worth it and how much of a raise you’d like to see. This list will be very helpful when speaking to your boss about why you should get a raise and will help you to feel confident answering hard questions. 

Remember, you are worth it! Never be afraid of growth — confidence is key and know your worth.

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