May 22, 2005
You've worked hard on the project. You've met
all the deadlines. You've exceeded your own expectations, and those
of your employer. You're thinking, "I deserve a raise."
So now what do you do? The best times to ask
for a raise are during a performance review, before agreeing to
take on increased responsibilities or after you've exceeded goal
and objective expectations, said Dave Lindbeck, a Valley career
coach for the past six years and owner of InStep Coaching.
Career coaches agree employees must do their
homework before approaching a boss.
Kathy Sweeney, certified professional resume
writer, career coach and owner of East Valley-based The Write Resume,
said employees should do salary research and prepare a proposal
for their employers.
"Throughout the year, the employee needs to be
documenting what accomplishments she has achieved, and, if applicable,
what cost savings or revenue contributions the accomplishments produced.
This is important since an employee that contributes to the bottom-line
profitability of the company should be compensated accordingly.
The accomplishments must be in the current year of their annual
review," she said.
Salary data can be found on the Internet at www.salaryexpert.com
or www.salary.com. Employees should make sure to evaluate the information
based on information similar to their own location, skills and career