May 11, 2020 - 09:17 PM
When asking for a pay raise, either in person or in writing, you have to focus on how you've made a real difference for your employer. For example, you can write in a letter or note in a meeting that you "developed a proposal that brought a client from the brink of terminating our services to renewing at a higher level than before, adding a net gain of $500,000." Or, that you "mentored and trained three interns who handle many routine functions within the department, freeing up team members."
The one thing you never want to do it ask for a raise "because I haven't had one in a while" or "I need a raise to buy a new car." Also avoid talking about what other people make, threatening to quit if you don't get what you want (unless you will, and then the boss may not care), and asking at the wrong time, such as when the company is facing hard financial times or have just laid off employees.