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When It’s Time to Ask for a Raise

You work hard for your money and you deserve to be rewarded fairly for your efforts. For many people, however, you may have started out making a good living but your wages may stagnate when you are on the job. The cost of living routinely rises, and you don’t want to be left behind if your employer is not boosting your salary.

If you think you’re underpaid based on the work you perform, it may be time to ask for a raise. The question is, how do you know if or when it is appropriate to ask for a salary boost? A few signs that can suggest it is time for a raise include:

  • Your company is doing really well: If you notice that your boss is in a good mood, your company’s business is expanding, and profit margins are rising, it may be an opportune time to ask for a pay increase. Your work helps to contribute to your company’s good fortune, and you should be able to share in the company’s increasing prosperity.
  • Your division- and responsibilities- are growing: If your department is expanding and/or if you’re being asked to take on more tasks, you should be financially compensated for the extra work you are doing.
  • You have received good performance reviews but no pay bump: If your employer is continually recognizing your efforts in formal reviews and informal praise, you are obviously adding value to the company. Since you are doing so well and helping the company to be successful, you should ask for a raise so you can share in the fruits of the success you are helping to usher in.
  • Others are receiving raises: If your co-workers are getting raises, or if people in your profession seem to be getting raises more frequently than you do, then you should not be left behind with a stagnant salary.

If your employer is not open to discussing a salary increase and if you truly feel underpaid and underappreciated, it may be time for you to consider alternatives. High Profile can help you to explore the idea of changing jobs or careers. We provide invaluable assistance to job seekers in Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding areas. To find out more about the assistance our staffing service can offer you, give us a call at 972-991-7900 or contact us online today.