Way to Ask for a Raise
by Resume Edge
Need a raise? Who doesn't? So, the key to
getting one is often in how you present your
Let's say you do deserve a pay hike but can't
afford to wait until your next performance
review in six months or longer. If that's your
reality, such requests are best put in writing.
Choose your words carefully.
● The letter
below is an example of what NOT to write to your
Dear Sir or Madam:
I have worked my knuckles to the bone for you
and what thanks do I get? Not even a pat on the
back. I need to make more money. It's as simple
as that. So, I want a raise. Let me know how
Diplomacy will promote Workaholic Will up the
income ladder faster than a complaint.
● The following
letter is a better approach because the writer
is ready, "workaholic" willing, and able to take
on more responsibility.
Big Deal Corporation
Thousand Acres, USA
The past five years in your employ have proven
to be a milestone in my career. As Senior
Analyst, I have managed an increasingly complex
Recently I wrote and implemented a 500-page
manual of standard operating procedures to
ensure our leadership in global markets for the
next five years. I worked many hours on this
project, often on weekends, while handling my
other duties. Since you expressed appreciation
for my efforts, I hope you will agree that I
deserve a merit-based increase retroactive to
If you are available this week to discuss my
request, I can meet with you anytime at your
convenience. Next week, I will be out of town
Monday and Tuesday on the pending acquisition.
As always, it's a pleasure to accept this added
I look forward to talking with you.
Selling yourself and your accomplishments,
skills, knowledge, and abilities to an employer,
in terms of how you can help the company, will
do more to get you that raise than demanding one
or complaining that it's long overdue.