How long have you had your current job? Whether you are an unsung hero, a longtime employee content with staying in the background, or a relatively new hire who has turned out to be a superstar, you shouldn’t be afraid to advance yourself. We have put together this quick career advice guide, focusing on four steps you can follow to get that raise you deserve.
It’s natural and understandable to hesitate when it comes to asking for a raise. This hesitation is especially prominent if you are less than a year into your current job. But even so, you’ve probably grown by leaps and bounds since you started. Do your research and come to the meeting with your supervisor prepared. Make your pitch as professional as possible, backed up with reliable data supporting your case – numbers always help, so even if you aren’t granted your raise the fact that you made an effort to try will reflect positively on you. If you have furthered your education, or have asked to be given even more responsibility and handled it admirably, not only will it make getting the raise more likely, but will help you prove how much you can contribute.
Our next piece of career advice has to do with performance assessments. A performance assessment can cause you anxiety, whether you work in an office environment, or you work as a teacher. But all the same, it can help grow better at your job. Keep track of positive feedback along with constructive criticism; if you can show that you can learn and grow, that will look better for you as well.
When you have the opportunity to do so, step up. Show you are eager to tackle new challenges and projects than what you have had before. What would you like to do? Become a training manager? Take on some work that a colleague is leaving behind? It’ll show your level of motivation and a willingness to try new things.
You should always have a plan. This intent can be a roadmap of where you want to take your career. Take some time to see how far you can get ahead.
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