How to get a raise -- including the exact words to use
Yes, you can get a raise. There are specific phrases and
techniques you can use to get one -- even in this economy.
My name is Ramit Sethi and I'm a New York Times best-selling author. I've helped my friends and students negotiate results like these:
Think about your co-workers. Some of them are being paid far more than you are -- simply because they know how to negotiate. It's like the airline passenger sitting next to you who paid 50% of your price...only a simple $5,000 raise can be worth over $1 million in your lifetime.
Most Americans are horrible at negotiating and say things like, "I could never get a raise in this economy" (code for, 'I'm afraid to negotiate because I don't know what to say'), or "Yeah, I really should do that" (code for, 'I will never do that').
Ignore average performers. If you are a top performer, you may be able negotiate your salary. It WILL take work. It WILL challenge you.
But in the end, if you're already a top performer, shouldn't you be compensated like one?