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How to Ask For a Raise — Step by Step Advice

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How to Ask for a Raise

So you think you’ve earned a raise but no one has coughed up the extra cash. Unfortunately it’s not longer the norm to receive standard annual performance reviews with good ol’ fashioned “standard of living” increases. Seems most often we have to ask. But before you go in, you need to ready with some solid reasons…With my years as a recruiter and manager, I’m going to give you some tips to prepare and lastly I’m going to walk you through “The Conversation.”

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Don’t Make These 5 Career Mistakes

 

Don’t Make These 5 Career Mistakes

1. Letting others make decisions for you
No matter how well intended, you need to listen to your gut and your heart. Sometimes not making a decision is a decision. Sometimes exercising patience and open mindedness will allow an answer to reveal itself. I wouldn’t spend time taking a bunch of personality tests that supposedly predict your dream job. I’m always plugging one of my favorite apps but try headspace.com for some really simple guided meditation exercises to help clear your mind.

2. Burning a Bridge
Don’t do it. You never know when you’ll run into someone again. Before you shoot your mouth off or leave someone in the lurch, stop and think about 6 months, 1 year or 5 years down the road, ESPECIALLY if you work in a specialized industry. Do the right thing, finish what you started and keep your word.
If you have, fix it…reach out to that person and apologize, write them a handwritten letter and let them know that you regret the way you handled it. I’ve found that saying, I sincerely hope you’ll accept my apology” to be a powerful statement. This gives them the control to decide. Unless your error is severe, I’ve found most willing to accept SINCERE apologies.

3. Taking your job for granted
Phone it in
Thinking you are indispensable
Overstaying your welcome

4. Fighting “The Way Things Are?”
Inflexible – constantly swimming upstream, complaining about the way things are, things are so screwed up does nothing to fix the issues. Make sure you are communicating your concerns to the right people who can actually affect change. Bitching around the water cooler helps no one.
Personal Toll This also takes a toll on your personal life. You might come home crabbier and this will impact your personal relationship.
Diplomacy when you are expressing concerns or greivances to the right peole, you have to be diplomatic. Consider that you most likely don’t have all of the information that create the current conditions. Position your concerns in a way that asks your superiors to help you understand why it’s that way. Most importantly, come in with a solution in mind.

5. Not Setting Personal Goals
Putting career before your personal life. Do you want to live to work or work to live? This is so cliché but it’s too true that you will not be on your death bed feeling grateful for your big paychecks, fancy cars and big houses. Set goals for things that you’d like to accomplish personally whether it’s travel, retirement, hobbies or education…keeping your personal goals in mind and putting those first will help guide your career choices.

8 Common E-Mail Mistakes: Don’t Make Them

E-Mail Etiquette: Writing E-mails

Subject Line: DUH! You better have one and it better be clear or I’m not reading your e-mail. Clear and concise and one topic.

Nobody wants to read a novel so keep it short. I personally tend to be a bit wordy so once I type an e-mail, especially if it’s going to several people or a little more formal communication, I’ll re-read it and ask myself if each word is really necessary or how can I make that sentence more concise without losing the meaning.

Keep your font size and color basic for work. Don’t add one of the “cutesy” stationary options for your e-mails. Using stationary actually causes your e-mail to take up more memory because the cutesy background is data that has to get sent over the wire. Skip it!

Reply All: Do not reply all unless the response is relevant to ALL. I can not stand it when I get stuck in a reply all loop, 25, 50 emails rolling in, most of which are from 2 or 3 culprits having what amounts to a side conversation.

Use a signature line for all e-mails…new e-mails, replies and forwards. Your reply and forward signature can be a pared down version of the “new e-mail” signature but nobody wants to hunt around for your phone number which was the first e-mail in a thread of 30. You can and should also set up in a signature for your phone e-mail. Most e-mails coming from phones have a signature that says something like, “Coming from Google Android Galaxy 16 Blah Blah”…nobody cares!

Get the correct recipient: who has ever sent the wrong e-mail to the wrong person? I’ve done it and it sucks every time even when it’s nothing noteworthy. As a rule, I don’t even put the recipient’s name in the e-mail until I’ve written the e-mail and it’s ready to go. That way I can’t accidentally hit send before I’m done writing or editing an e-mail. I’ve prepared scathing e-mails for people and turned around and deleted every word for obvious reasons but accidentally hitting send would just be a nightmare!

Grammar: Use whole words and complete sentences and proper punctuation. Don’t get flowery and drone on, using 16 exclamation points because you are very very happy or very very pissed off. Proof read your e-mails even if it’s a quick skim.

Finally, Somebody once told me, and I think about this often, assume that if you write it that it’s now public information. You just never know if that person to whom you sent a confidential e-mail may find it funny and forward it to their friend and then it’s a free for all. The next thing you know, you are terribly embarrassed or humiliated or worse, one of your coworkers is embarrassed or humiliated.