Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend! I hope everyone had a super productive week. I think we all deserve to celebrate with a glass of champagne ( or 4…), don’t you?
I wanted to share some more details about my life/current work situation with you guys today because yesterday I conquered something that has been causing me major anxiety for months. I ASKED FOR A RAISE. I still can’t even believe it. I have never been in a job position where asking for a raise was necessary, so safe to say I had absolutely no idea what I was doing or where to start. And I figured some of ya’ll might be in the same boat.
I am currently working as a Property Manager of three executive suites buildings. Before this I had been a nanny for 4 years while going to college. My last year of college has been on hold for the past two years for a few reasons ( we can get more into that later, if anyone is interested? ) and I kind of fell into this job through someone I know and have grown to actually really enjoy it. I have wanted to be a professional ice skater, a horse trainer, a princess ( still true ) and a teacher, which is actually what I was going to school for, but, never did I think all my psycho organizational skills and great people skills would be put to such great use as a property manager. It’s so funny how over time ( sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly ) your “what I want to be when I grow up” changes, ya know?
So, onto this raise situation. Before I get into it, I want to make sure that you all know that with this post I am sharing what worked for me, and you may have to tweak a few things for your situation.
Before I decided that it was time, and that I deserved a raise I asked myself the following questions:
- “Have I worked at this company for a substantial amount of time?” YES. I have worked here for a year and three months! I wouldn’t ever feel comfortable asking for a raise unless I had worked somewhere for at least a year.
- “Have I done a good job at my responsibilities/gotten positive performance reviews?” YES. This is a super important one. If you haven’t been excelling at your responsibilities/picked up more or extra responsibilities, asking for a raise might be out of the question, at least for now. Basically, I’d say you need to be doing a great job at your job, for your boss to be open to the idea of paying you more, ya know?
- “If I were my boss, would I think that I deserve this raise?” YES. I mean really think about it. Have you called in sick every Friday for the last three months and don’t get in until lunch every Monday? Your boss is probably aware of the fact that you don’t take your job seriously and is not going to want to pay you more.
In my particular situation, I have accumulated a ton more responsibilities over the last 6 months and have been doing multiple peoples jobs for them. On top of that, I have been doing a really good job at all of them! I totally don’t want this to sound like I’m just tooting my own horn ( toot toooooot LOL ) but I knew in my heart and in my gut that getting a raise is something that I deserve and something I have worked really hard to earn. I think it’s really important to come to that conclusion beforehand.
Next, I did tons of research and wrote out a whole speech, word for word, what I wanted to say when I sat down with my boss.
- Let your boss that you love working here and that this isn’t a threat of any kind that you are going to look for another job.
- Include a list of what your responsibilities were when you got hired, then add a list of what your responsibilities have grown to include over time since then.
- Do some research and figure out what the annual salary is that someone in your same job position makes in your area.
- Have a number written down that you want, and be confident in asking for it! You deserve this raise, you know that, and your boss probably does too.
- Make it about what you do for them. Remind them how valuable you are to the company, and to them. Make sure they know how unfortunate it would be to lose you!
Next step: Set up a meeting with your boss. Make it really professional. Ask him or her what day and time works for them so that it’s convenient, and neither of you will be rushed.
When you sit down in this meeting, BE CONFIDENT. I don’t think I have ever been that nervous in my entire life ( except maybe before my first date with my boyfriend! ) I barely ate for two days beforehand! But when the time came, I knew I had to just own it and show him my worth.
Things like this are just such a big part of growing up, and growing as a person. I feel like I have so much more self confidence after that conversation and I feel much more sure of my job position and where I’m heading in the future.
If anyone is thinking about asking for a raise, let me know how it goes! I would love to hear and give you a digital high five or hug or something to say congratulations! It’s a huge step and it’s so scary but it’s SO WORTH IT.
On that note, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! Have any of ya’ll asked for a raise and used a different method? Please share with us!