Monthly Archive for July, 2011

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Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach, Common Sense At Work


How To Ask For A Raise

When you’re working at a job you love and the only point of dissatisfaction is your salary, you have three options. You can leave your otherwise satisfactory job for another; you can stick it out and endure being paid less than you believe your work is worth; or you can ask for a raise. The latter option doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it sounds if you follow some practical advice.
Smooth Out Any Rough Patches
Before you ask for a raise, it is wise to make sure that your relationship with your direct supervisor and/or the person who signs your paychecks is positive. You don’t want an old rift between the two of you to be an emotional factor in why you are denied a raise. Make things right if you need to, and then allow some time to pass before asking for a raise. Also, if in your most recent performance review, your boss pointed out areas where you need to improve, build evidence that you have improved in the areas. Show up to work on time or early and focus on your performance and attitude. Ensure that there is no immediate, obvious reason that you should be denied a raise.
Build Your Case
When sitting for a job interview, successful interviewees know how to build a case for themselves that they are the best person for the job. The same is true of asking for a raise. In the month or so before you plan on asking for your raise, begin drafting a list of your accomplishments in the past year. This can be anything from outperforming other people in your department, taking on new responsibilities, exceeding expectations for your job description, handling challenging situations effectively, coming up with a winning idea for your team, or landing a key client. Be sure to point out how your specific contributions are adding to the company’s bottom line.
Along with preparing a case as to why you should receive the raise, do some homework and determine what the average pay is in your field. If it’s higher than what you currently earn, you have another key piece of evidence to add to your case.
Timing Is Everything
Pay attention to what is going on in your boss or supervisor’s life. If they are dealing with a trying family situation or are angry about a new demand from corporate office, wait for a more opportune time to ask for a raise. Also, if your company or organization is coming up on a stressful crunch time period, such as a week when multiple, deadline projects or monthly reports are due, wait until the storms have calmed. Schedule an appointment to meet with your boss so that you are not interrupted when you make your pitch. The best time to ask for a salary adjustment is after you’ve just accomplished a major feat at work or earned a significant award for performance.
If They Say No
First, guard your response. Leaving the room angry and slamming the door isn’t going to get you anywhere. Instead of having an emotional reaction, calmly ask what about your work performance needs to improve for you to get the raise you believe you have earned. If the reason has to do with the fact that the company is undergoing a hiring freeze and the ability to adjust salaries is out of their control, you may have exhausted your opportunities at your workplace. But if your boss outlines what you need to do further to earn that raise, take it to heart and come back again for round two when you’ve demonstrated that you’ve consistently met those demands.
(This guest post is contributed by Patricia Garza, who writes about gadget, technology, design, social media, e-learning related articles at
I wish you career success!
Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach

Career Advice: Only You Can Define Career Success

It’s safe to say that of all the gizillion words written to provide encouragement and enlightenment on the subject
of career advice most all of it boils down to a single topic: how to achieve success.
But all of that amounts to little until each individual settles on his or her personal definition of what constitutes success.
The renowned career coach Jack Canfield declares: “One of the main reasons why most people don’t get what they want is they haven’t decided what they want. They haven’t defined their desires in clear and compelling detail.”
The dictionary defines success as, “The achievement of something desired…the gaining of fame or prosperity.”
Still that blanket definition does not meet the need in setting goals and working to achieve them. The “something desired” varies from person to person, as do “fame and prosperity.”
What’s needed for career success is an identified set of achievements that provide proof that we have achieved goals that prove we have made our best efforts with our time and talents, and that we are satisfied with the results. They include pride and satisfaction in our results which each of us defines differently…material wealth; public recognition; respect from our friends; and love from our families.
The bottom line is if you are to achieve career success you must:
1. Have a clear definition of what personal success means for you.
2. Set goals that will produce success, with an absolute timeline for achievement.
3. Determine and execute a plan of action to achieve the goals.
Whatever you do, do not let anyone else define what personal success means for you.
I wish you career success!
Ramon Greenwood, The Career Coach