I once saw a radio news director of a Philadelphia radio station get fired and after laying out the company’s case before he was actually fired his boss asked him one question – “Can you tell me why you shouldn’t be dismissed?”
Remarkably, his answer was “No”.
In the converse, I have often thought if we were asked, “Why should you get a raise” that most of the responses would be about longevity, loyalty and time spent working for the company.
What employers want to hear – in any economy – is that our value exceeds what they are paying us.
So an excellent way to set up the pay raise meeting is to ask ourselves to name 5 ways we can be more valuable than we are today. List them. Work them. Achieve them.
Employees know even better than their superiors what it takes to be more valuable than what they are paid.
When that meeting occurs, mention the newly acquired skills and a brief example of each one of them.
Some companies plainly will not offer raises and if that turns out to be true of where you work, you can then list these 5 newly acquired valuable skills with the other advantages of employing you and take them elsewhere.
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