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SERIES: Negotiate A Pay Raise – Part 3

I write a lot about how to eliminate expenses and reduce the OUTGO from one's home economy, but there is another side to the equation and that is INCOME.  INCOME – OUTGO = EXACTLY ZERO works a lot better when the INCOME is increased!

This series is focused on one key way that INCOME can be increased and that is to Negotiate A Pay Raise.  In each part, I will be sharing how I have successfully negotiated pay raises in the past.  I hope this series helps you do the same!

Part 3 – "Make The Ask"

After you have "Done Your Homework", it is time to ask for the pay raise.  Before I review that part, I want to share a couple of things to think about.

If you have ever ridden on a jet, chances are you have picked up the airline's magazine and seen the advertisement from Dr. Chester Karrass for negotiating seminars.  There is a brilliant statement that stands out to me every time I see that ad.

His statement?  You don't get what you deserve.  You get what you negotiate.

Ponder on that thought for a minute.

It is important to understand that many things are negotiable including pay, benefits, time off, work location, and work hours.

As you prepare to ask for the raise, be sure to decide on what you will ask for.  

Remember that this is a negotiation.  Negotiating means that there will be give and take.

So now you have done all of your homework and decided what you are going to ask for.  It is time to take a deep breath and have the conversation with your manager.  Each time I have had this discussion, it has been a sidebar discussion and not a planned meeting.

Keep in mind the following items as you ask for the raise:

  • Present your case clearly and succinctly.  I presented my case in less than three minutes every time.
  • Be CLEAR with your requests.
  • Do not make threats such as "Give me this raise, or I am leaving to the competitor."
  • You can make statements (if they are true) such as "This request is very competitive with the marketplace."  A manager will quickly understand that you have done your homework.
  • Your manager will probably not be able to give a raise immediately and will have to discuss with his/her superior.  This will take a little time.
  • After you have made your case, SHUT UP!  You have said what you needed to say.  Let there be silence.  Silence is golden.
  • When the meeting is ending, ask when you can expect to receive a response.
  • Thank them for considering your request.

When the meeting is completed, take thirty minutes to write down everything that was discussed in the meeting.  This will allow you to review what just happened and can be helpful later when trying to recall exactly what was talked about.

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SERIES: Negotiate A Pay Raise – Part 2

I write a lot about how to eliminate expenses and reduce the OUTGO from one's home economy, but there is another side to the equation and that is INCOME.  INCOME – OUTGO = EXACTLY ZERO works a lot better when the INCOME is increased!

This series is focused on one key way that INCOME can be increased and that is to Negotiate A Pay Raise.  In each part, I will be sharing how I have successfully negotiated pay raises in the past.  Here's to this series helping you do the same!

Part 2 – "Do Your Homework"

The key to any successful pay raise negotiation (or any negotiation for that matter) is to have completed your homework.  Information is absolutely POWERful!

  • Be sure you have completed Part 1.
  • Research comparable positions in the area to see what they pay (Salary.com is great, Monster.com is OK).
  • Understand the demand for your skill set, education, abilities, and capabilities.  Job boards, on-line classifieds, newspaper listings, and recruiters are good places to start.  If you work for a larger company, be sure to check out your companies job postings and the pay scales.
  • It might make sense to go on a couple of job interviews just to understand what education and skills are being sought by employers.
  • Identify specific projects and activities that you have led or participated in that resulted in substantial benefits for your organization.  Objective and measurable results speak much more than subjective "kind-of sort-of possibly vague stuff".   If you work for a for-profit company, show how your efforts have led to cost savings, improved sales, improved productivity, and profits.  If you work for a non-profit organization, focus on how your efforts have furthered the organization's mission/vision/goals.
  • Identify the upcoming projects and activities that you will be leading or participating in that will result in substantial benefits for your organization.

For me, it has always been extremely helpful to write my thoughts down over a one or two week period.  This ensures that I have been able to effectively think through the above items and organize the data into useful information for Part 3 – Asking For The Raise.

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SERIES: Negotiate A Pay Raise – Part 1

I write a lot about how to eliminate expenses and reduce the OUTGO from one's home economy, but there is another side to the equation and that is INCOME.  INCOME – OUTGO = EXACTLY ZERO works a lot better when the INCOME is increased!

This series is focused on one key way that INCOME can be increased and that is to Negotiate A Pay Raise.  In each part, I will be sharing how I have successfully negotiated pay raises in the past.  Here's to this series helping you do the same!

For Part 1, I want you to ask yourself this question.

"Am I effective at what I do?"

My hero, Dave Ramsey, has often said that "your raise is effective when you are".  It can not be said any better than that!

If you are not effective at what you do, it is very difficult to negotiate a pay increase.

Now ask yourself this question.

"What are the top five skills, activities, abilities, and capabilities that I possess that most benefit my organization?"

Think through these two questions (preferably on paper) and prepare for Part 2 of "Negotiate A Pay Raise"! 

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A Pay Raise Success Story Launches New Series!

I met with a couple back in November 2007 and helped them put together a spending plan that balanced to EXACTLY ZERO.  They left encouraged because they saw that they could pay all of their bills on time and start to get ahead with their finances.

Even more so, they clearly understood that INCOME – OUTGO = EXACTLY ZERO.  They went to work on the OUTGO, but one of them saw the power of additional INCOME and obtained a part-time second job that actually works really well with their family schedule.

A part-time job is a great way to catch up and launch a financial plan toward success!  Well, recently I had the opportunity to meet with them again and help them take the next steps toward financial freedom.  As I spoke with the couple, I asked if they had sought any pay raises lately.

They had not.  I told them that they should consider doing so.

The result?  He told me that he went to his manager and asked to set up a time to discuss his pay.  The manager did not want to set up a time.  Instead, he just gave him a 12% pay raise!!!

YAY!  That will help pay some bills and put some cash in savings!

So with that, I am launching a new series tomorrow called "Negotiate A Pay Raise".

This should be fun!

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SERIES: I Was Broke. Now I’m Not. VALUES Part 4

Welcome to another series at JosephSangl.com – I Was Broke. Now I'm Not. VALUES

In this series, I will be sharing what drives me.  The stuff that lights me on fire for helping others with their personal finances.

4.  VISION/CALL

This is the most important value for this crusade.  This is something that I am called to do.  It was a very clear call of God that led me to get my finances in order, fire myself from Corporate America, negotiate myself a massive pay cut, move my family eleven hours and five states, and embark on this crusade at NewSpring Church.

I am doing EXACTLY what I have been put on this earth to do.  No doubts.  No regrets.  I have never looked back.  I am burdened with a passion to help others take their finances to the next level.  I can not escape it.  I can not run from it.  I can not shirk it.  It keeps me awake at night.

My vision/call in words: To help others accomplish far more than they ever thought possible with their personal finances.  My current mission: Teach 100,000 people by October 2011.

You can watch me share how I discovered my purpose in detail HERE

 

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