Should I ask for a raise? Many employees ask themselves this question at some point. As cliché as it may sound, timing is everything. Here are some situations worth trying to ask for a salary increase:

More work: Your boss has given you more tasks to achieve lately. They require more time and sacrifices. Your schedule is full and you feel that you are achieving a two-man job. It’s time to ask for a meeting with your supervisor or your boss to get a raise.

New responsibilities: You just got a promotion within the company thanks to your work performance. Obviously your employer knows that you are valuable for the company. Take advantage of this promotion to make your request.

Skills training: This training allowed you to develop new skills and a real expertise. You will be much more productive and will create real value for the company and its customers. The pay raise seems reasonable.

Yearly evaluation: Some employees ask for a raise during this meeting. However it is better to ask for a second meeting to expose your request. Indeed if you get no as answer during your evaluation, it might be perceived as a lack of performance.

Pitfalls to avoid

There is no ideal way to get your employer to give you a pay raise. However there are things that need to be avoided.

Threat: Use a threat to get your salary increase is counterproductive. For example some employees threat to go work somewhere else. This behavior is commonly seen has a disloyalty and will only raise your employee against you. Ask for a raise should not start a war but be an honest and friendly negotiation. Furthermore, don’t try to touch your employer’s feelings using family issues, stay professional.

Timing: If the company is going through rough time, you should postpone your request for later. Indeed asking for a raise during a difficult economic period will make you look indifferent or even egocentric.

Arguments: During the meeting, you better be convincing. So prepare your arguments and show your employer what your value is for the company. Highlights your performance, achievements, and everything else which shows that you went beyond your job description.

Salary: Choosing the right amount might be tricky. Ask for more than what you expect or you might regret it if your boss accept it right away, but don’t go too high either, because you will be seen as arrogant.