/ Asked by Rachel
What does it really take to put myself in a position where I could get a raise? I know there are many different things that affect those decisions in my company, but I want to be doing everything I can to prove myself and really earn that raise. Any advice?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
That's a great question and one that is probably on the minds of just about every person you know!  First off, you are smart to recognize that salary, raises and compensation packages as a whole vary from company to company.  One of the things that I consider really important to gauging your success (which correlates directly to getting that raise) is to make sure you are having specific key conversations with your leadership.  How are you going to know you are doing everything you can to prove yourself if you don't know what your boss is expecting?  Check in with them more frequently then your yearly review.  Be open about your desire to be considered for raise opportunities, and be receptive to the realities of your organization.  In many large companies, employee's salaries are only reviewed once a year, so a mid-year raise without a change to a job title/position would not be a reasonable expectation. 

Something that I often think about in my own work situation is, what am I doing in my job that goes above and beyond the basics?  If I am just meeting the expectations of my job, then the salary I am making right now is what I should expect.  If I am going above and beyond to be creative and innovative, if I am doing more than what is necessary, then having that raise conversation is just a reflection of my efforts! 

Best of luck!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
This is a question that is probably on a lot of people’s mind. To echo the feedback already provided, a majority of larger companies only offer annual raises so it’s difficult to receive a raise midyear without receiving a promotion. If you want to receive a raise, you need to ensure you stand out and are going above and beyond your job responsibilities. Take on additional projects when available and think of ways you can grow your current role. I would recommend talking to your manager as well to determine what steps you would need to take to be considered for a raise. It’s important to have clear expectations and ensure you’re aligned with your manager. If your company doesn’t offer a midyear raise, find out what you can do to receive a promotion or make a lateral move that could include a raise.
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Setting yourself up for success does sometimes require a strategic plan!  Most important is to ensure that you are bringing your very best self to work everyday, giving your all and setting a role model for other employees.  This will lead to you doing your job consistently which is very critical in assessing someone's performance.  Once you are doing thiis, you want to speak with your supervisor and ensure you are on the same page as to your performance, and if so, bring up your desire to obtain the promotion and take on additional responsibility.  It's critical to do this touchbase, and there is no need to wait until a formal scheduled review cycle. During this conversation you can ask for their advice on what they see as possible opportunities to demonstrate a particular skill set that may draw attention to you and potential. This is a great start; remember, consistently perform well, ask for additional responsibility and make your career path noted!  Good Luck.
Answered by Shara, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Friday, July 31, 2015
I would recommend that you always go above and beyond what your daily job responsibilities are. Be willing to help others when they need it. I definitely recommend being proactive and asking for feedback on how you are doing in your role. Do not wait until you have a review with your employer; ask your manager how he/she feels you are doing. Ask if there is anything you can improve upon in their eyes. This shows that you are actively engaged and want to do better to succeed and move up in your organization. I recommend always being willing to take on more tasks. Everyone is busy and has responsibilities, but an employer takes well to those that go above and beyond the “call of duty”.
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