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When is the Right Time to Ask for a Raise?

You want a raise, but you don’t know if it’s the right time. Timing is a huge factor when it comes to asking for a raise. You don’t want to ask prematurely or at an inappropriate time. Finding the right time to ask will increase your chances of receiving a promotion. It can be difficult to ask for a raise, but if you feel that the timing is right and you’ve reached a point where you feel like you deserve one, then asking for a raise is a no-brainer. For those that have trouble finding the right time in their career to ask for one, there are some clues to help you solve the ‘when’ to ask for a raise mystery.

Think about how long you’ve been in the organization. If it’s been a year or more, then you’re in the right time to ask for a raise. If you’ve been working for less than a year, but have had an increase in workload and responsibilities that are more than you signed up for initially, then you may be able to argue that you’re in need of a raise. Overall, if you aren’t facing any hardships like a long commute or longer hours, and have been coasting with a manageable position for less than a year, it’s recommended that you wait until you’ve been with the organization for a year. A year will show your commitment to the organization and the raise will work as an incentive to keep you on board for another year.

Evaluate the organization as a whole. Is it going through some economic hardships? If so, they’re probably going through budget constraints and aren’t willing to give raises at the time. Take notice of this, and wait until your organization picks up again in order to ask for a raise. Asking during a time of economic hardship will show how you aren’t considerate of the health of the organization as a whole. Once your organization picks up again, your loyalty will be rewarded.

Have you been an all-star lately? Having a consistent record of high achievement can help you pitch your need for a raise. Your boss will reward and recognize your good work by giving you a raise. If you haven’t been doing your best, and have found yourself struggling, then it isn’t the right time. Step up your game and once you have a list of accomplishments you can show that you deserve a raise. Asking for one when you haven’t been contributing the best you can to the organization won’t win your employer over.

If you’ve been consistent and have recently done a stellar job that your boss even complimented you on, then this moment right now is the best time to ask for a raise. Your great work is fresh in their mind, and if you argue that you’re going to keep doing great work, and are committed to staying with the organization, then you have found the right time.

Timing is everything, and there are a number of factors to consider when asking for a raise. Sometimes, the hardest part, even when the conditions are perfect, is pushing yourself to speak up and be proactive and ask for that raise. It can be nerve-wracking, but once you’ve asked you’ll feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders, and you shouldn’t feel bad after asking- especially if you asked at the perfect time.

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Hanna Guerrero

Hannah is an intern writer here at Spark Hire. She is from the northern suburbs in Chicago and is currently studying journalism at DePaul University. She has always had a passion for writing which is why Journalism has proven to be the perfect career for her. She has written for the DePaulia Online on various topics such as fashion, music, movies and television. She loves living in Chicago because it offers exciting events to write stories on. In her free time she enjoys going to music concerts, watching movies with friends, cooking vegetarian food and walking her adorable Cocker Spaniel Coco.

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