There are many life experiences that are simply more difficult if you’re introverted. Asking for a raise is one of them.
It seems that the world rewards more assertive people. In fact, 48 percent of individuals surveyed say they’ve always felt apprehensive regarding salary negotiations (source).
Whether they don’t want to seem too pushy or are afraid of losing their jobs, statistics show that general employees simply tend to accept what’s given to them instead of pushing for what they feel they deserve.
But there’s help! In fact, there are effective ways to approach a raise if you prepare well.
Six Ways to Chat with Your Boss About a Raise
Choose the Right Time
Don’t wait until you corner your boss in the break room or bump into them washing hands in the bathroom. Set up a time to meet and let them know ahead of time what you want to discuss so they have time to prepare. Or plan on talking about it at your mid-year or annual review. Most importantly, pay attention to what’s going on at your company. If you catch wind of budget cuts, that’s probably not a good time to mention a raise. On the other hand, if you just achieved something major or received some notable positive feedback, that might be your chance to ask.
Have an Aim in Mind
Don’t go in blindly asking for more money. Though, as an introvert, you’re probably more likely to let your boss take the lead in the conversation, you should still declare the number you’re seeking so everyone’s on the same page. Do a little research so you know what’s competitive and fair in your industry.
Highlight Your Achievements
Introverts find it difficult to acknowledge their own achievements, but these are your biggest asset when you’re making a case for your raise. Make a list of them ahead of time and don’t be shy—you want to prove to them that you’re worth more. What contributions have you made? What brilliant ideas did you have? When have you gone above and beyond?
Put it in Writing
Though you may be totally comfortable conversing with your boss, it’s still smart to put your request in writing. In fact, it might be your company’s proper HR procedure. And it might help you to put the proper words in writing before your meeting—you’ll seem more mature, professional, and confident.
Focus on What You Deserve
Don’t mention any of your colleagues during your meeting. Don’t compare yourself to others or bring up that it’s unfair that so-and-so makes more than you do. Limit your conversation to your accomplishments and what you deserve.
Rehearse Your Speech
Don’t simply accept the number they throw back at you just so you can end the awkward conversation. Instead, be prepared to counter their offer. The more you practice, the more confident you’ll feel. And practice your body language as well—stand (or sit) tall, with your chest out and shoulders back, and maintain eye contact.
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