Need a Raise? Who doesn’t?
So, let’s say you do deserve a pay hike but can’t afford to wait until your next performance review in six months or longer. If that’s your reality, such requests are best put in writing. Choose your words carefully – the letter below is an example of what NOT to write to your boss.
Demanding a Raise is Not the Way to Go
Dear Sir or Madam:
I have worked my knuckles to the bone for you and what thanks do I get? Not even a pat on the back. I need to make more money. It’s as simple as that. So, I want a raise. Let me know how much.
Diplomacy will promote Workaholic Will up the income ladder faster than a complaint. The following letter is a better approach because the writer is ready, “workaholic” willing, and able to take on more responsibility.
Convince Your Boss You Deserve the Raise
Big Deal Corporation
Thousand Acres, USA
The past five years in your employ have proven to be a milestone in my career. As Senior Analyst, I have managed an increasingly complex business system. Recently I wrote and implemented a 500-page manual of standard operating procedures to ensure our leadership in global markets for the next five years. I worked many hours on this project, often on weekends, while handling my other duties. Since you expressed appreciation for my efforts, I hope you will agree that I deserve a merit-based increase retroactive to June 30.
If you are available this week to discuss my request, I can meet with you anytime at your convenience. Next week, I will be out of town Monday and Tuesday on the pending acquisition. As always, it’s a pleasure to accept this added responsibility.
I look forward to talking with you.
Prove You’re Worth the Extra Money
Selling yourself and your skills/knowledge/abilities to an employer, in terms of how you can help the company, will do more to get you that raise than to demand one or complain, hoping you’ll get what you want.