These days, everyone would like to get a raise at work. But in today’s economy, what’s the best way to do that? First of all, you have to make yourself a very valuable asset to your company. You need to do your job well, have good attendance and punctuality. But what else can you do to set yourself apart from your co-workers?
Take the Initiative
Completing tasks that are assigned to you by your superiors is important. But it is also important to show some initiative on the job. If you can think of a better way to perform parts of your job, present an implementation plan to your supervisors. If you can anticipate a problem on an upcoming project and present steps to avoid the problem, your supervisors will start to take notice. Make your boss’s job easier and you will have an easier time getting a raise.
Everybody has a bad day once in a while, but as much as possible, be nice to everyone you come in contact with at your job. If you are friendly and outgoing, you will create allies on your job. This will help you earn positive reviews from your supervisors and peers. And you never know if the person working in the cubicle next to you will be promoted to a supervisory position.
Never Pass Up an Opportunity to Learn
Every business goes through changes, some more quickly than others. Each change that your company goes through will give you an opportunity to learn something new. Any learning opportunity will enhance your professional abilities. Always participate in any learning activities offered by your company including conferences, classes, seminars and online classes. Your company may even reimburse you for these learning activities.
Convince Your Boss That You Are Worthy of a Raise
If you wait until it’s time for your yearly review to compile a list of your accomplishment, there’s a good chance that you will forget some of them. Keep a notebook or folder at your desk and note your accomplishments as they happen. If you receive an awards or commendations, place a copy in your folder or notebook. If you publish any articles, keep copies of those handy as well. Then when it comes time for your review, everything will be in one place and you won’t forget anything.