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I won’t claim that they’ll greet your request with open arms though!
Before we talk about the content of your letter, let’s discuss the timing of
it.Timing can be a very important factor when asking for a pay rise. It can
have a significant impact on your chances of success.
Clearly it would be a mistake to demand a pay rise too soon after starting
a new job (or too soon after your last pay rise).You need to allow yourself
time to make sufficient impact as would warrant a pay rise. Conversely,
you shouldn’t leave it too long either.You deserve to be paid what you’re
worth and not have your remuneration eroded by inflation.
Many organisations automatically review salaries on an annual basis.
However, if 12 months pass and there’s no sign that a pay rise is forth-
coming then it’s very possibly time for you to seize the initiative.
You still need to choose your moment carefully though. Try to pick a time
when your contribution to the organisation is going to be seen in the best
possible light. If you’re halfway through a major project then wait until its
successful completion. If you’re working on a tender for a big contract
then wait until you’ve won the contract. If you’ve recently taken on new
duties or responsibilities then wait until you’ve demonstrated that you
have risen to the challenge.
You also need to bear in mind other factors that could impact on the
timing of your request. If your organisation is currently experiencing
financial difficulties then your request may well be frowned upon. If your
boss is under an unusual amount of stress – or is experiencing personal
problems of some sort – then, again, you would be well advised to post-
pone your request until things have settled back down.
Tact and diplomacy
It’s obvious enough that putting in a request for a pay rise can be a deli-
Whilst receiving a letter of resignation is undoubtedly worse for an
employer, receiving a request for a pay rise is not exactly good news
either. A lot therefore depends on how precisely you write your letter and
phrase your request.
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