Full Time Jobs – Asking for a Raise

Have you ever asked for a raise? Many people never have. Some wait until long after they reach the next natural level when asking for a raise would be natural. It’s uncomfortable. But most companies don’t have an automatic system for offering a raise for full time jobs, so you have to ask. 

Asking for a Raise is Normal at Full Time Jobs

The company doesn’t offer you a raise. So, they expect that sooner or later (hopefully later from their point of view) you will ask. The longer you wait, the more money you are out. 

Think of it from the other point of view. Your boss comes to you and asks you to donate $100 from every paycheque for the rest of the year. Not for some great and worthy charity, but to add to the profits of the company. Chances are, no matter how loyal an employee you are, you would just laugh and say, “Yeah, no!”

We all work for money. That’s life. 

When to Ask for a Raise

A raise recognizes your contribution at a higher level. It’s not a favour or a gift. When you are doing work that is worth more, you should be paid more. Otherwise eventually you’re going to find other full time jobs that pay you competitively. If it has been more than a year since you got your last raise, it’s due. So, ask for a raise when you deserve one. 

Next, pick your timing. You know the boss’ moods. Don’t ask on a bad day when something is going wrong. Feel free to ask after you save the day. So, ask for a raise when the boss is receptive. 

Watch for seasonal work. If your company does more work in the summer, then late spring is an excellent time for asking for a raise. If the winter is slow, the end of October might not be the best time.  So, ask for a raise when the company’s business is most likely to support the increased expense. 

Before You Talk to the Boss

Start by deciding what you will ask. If you make $2/hour less than others with similar qualifications, ask for a raise to that level. If there is an upper limit on your team, don’t ask for more than that. Be reasonable, because asking too much won’t get you more. Check online and with recruiters to see what your job pays at other companies, too. And remember, it is very uncommon for anyone to get more than a 5% raise. 

What to Say for a Raise for Full Time Jobs 

Not much. Be brief. Don’t make a big presentation about how great you are and why you should be paid more. Especially don’t talk about your expenses or how you’re broke all the time. 

Here’s a sample:

“I’ve really enjoyed working with you this past year. Could we talk about my pay, so it reflects my seniority and higher skill level?”

Asking for a raise is an important step with full time jobs. Take a deep breath, and remember, you’re worth it!