Want More Money? Ask For it!

By Lia Malec

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Want More Money? Ask For It!

But be prepared...


We all want more money; no need to deny it. It’s what we work for, otherwise we would be volunteers. Yes, I love my job, but I’d be a liar if I said I’d do it for free.




2015 is looking like the year that a raise may hit your paycheck. Employers are finally realizing the “spoils” of the recession (aka low wages and no increases) are a thing of the past. The job market for skilled and professional level opportunities is tightening up, and people aren’t desperate for work. In turn, wages are slowly on the rise. Some Labor statistics are showing increases up to 17%!


The first thing you need to realize, as many before you have realized, is that the fairy tale isn’t going to happen; unless you are missing a shoe that is. I can see it now…


You’re hard at work early in the morning wrapping up a project you’ve had going on for a while. You smile as you take a sip of coffee thinking of how proud your boss will be. Gee, coming to this company 5 years was the best decision you’ve ever made! Your boss sends you an email that they would like to see you in their office. Sauntering in, after the high of your recent accomplishment they sit you down, and your boss tells you how much your work is appreciated, how smart you are, how important you are to the team. To show their gratitude, they are giving you a $10K raise for all you have done!


Then your alarm clock goes off and you realize it was all a dream. IT’S NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN! WAKE UP!


Ok, so now here is reality, or at least a few possible scenarios of why you may be ready to ask for a raise:


When you are ready, consider this:


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