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Negotiating a raise is difficult and awkward, but can, unfortunately, be a necessary part of developing your career in the creative industries. While most people would like to get paid more for what they do, very few people actually enjoy the process of asking for an increase in their salary. It’s easy to understand why nobody really likes negotiating a raise, as there’s a lot of factors to consider beforehand, and seemingly a lot of ways that a simple request could be refused. If you’re feeling like it’s time to negotiate a raise at your current job, take few deep breathes, relax, and then dive on in!
Figuring out whether or not it’s the right time to request a raise is a tricky process; with several variables to consider. How long have you been working for your current employer, what’s the size of the business you work at, and what sort of shape is the company in financially, can all be factors that play into your decision.
Now that you’ve determined that you’re due for a reasonable raise, the real fun begins. There’s a lot of potentially uncomfortable situations that can arise from requesting a raise, so be sure to do your homework beforehand and then consider the following.
While we’re all for staying optimistic, there could be a host of reasons why your boss could turn down your request, so it’s important to have your response prepared as well. Depending on their response, asking if there are areas of your work you could improve upon, to get a position where they would be comfortable offering you a raise. Doing so can demonstrate initiative and an interest in self-improvement.
If you’re turned down, but not being given a reason why; consider doing some serious thinking as to whether or not the company you’re at is the right one for you. Luckily, if you’re interested in searching for a new job, you’ve come to the right place! Head on over to our job listings page to discover your next creative career!