How to ask for a raise—and get it

Ten tips to help you secure the raise and promotion you deserve.

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You’ve just reached a stride in your career where you feel confident enough to ask for a raise. However, just asking isn’t enough, especially in a tough economy. These tips will help you secure a raise and promotion, if you truly deserve it.

1. Define a clear career road map from day one. When you are hired, understand the performance review cycle. If aren’t pleased with your starting salary, request a six month evaluation and salary review based on your performance. If you haven’t set up this timeline from your start date, it is reasonable for a new employee to request a review at the six-month mark (although a raise isn’t likely until you’ve been there for a year).

2. Have a realistic perception of your strengths (and weaknesses). Soliciting frequent feedback and learning from constructive criticism is essential for you to have a clear view regarding your standing at the company and areas of improvement.

3. Be your own public relations agent. Don’t assume your bosses and clients know you are a star. Communicate your successes. Send a quick email when you surpass project goals to bosses and clients alike.

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