How to ask for a raise or a promotion

One of the most important things for your career is moving forward to a position where you feel rewarded and valued. More often than not, promotions and raises don’t happen by chance. Instead, it is us who needs to ask for that position that could be the next level in our field. Here are some suggestions to ask for a raise or your next promotion.

Plan Ahead

Planning is always the way to go. You can ask for a meeting during an annual or semi annual review. If not, then ask for a meeting in advance stating that you want to talk about your performance in the company. This allows for you to set the tone of the meeting.

The next step is figuring out the reasons why you want a promotion or a raise and state how you can back up this request with your job performance. It is important to be clear about what you have achieved in order to be offered the right position.

Express Your Reasons, Not Your Feelings

During these meetings, we might feel anxious, but we can’t let our emotions get in the way. Be objective. The better you express your reasons in a clearly directed manner, the more chances you’ll have to get a promotion or raise. If you’ve been able to plan and rehearse your explanations, everything will be much easier.

What Are The Odds?

There are many reasons why you can or can’t get a promotion, so don’t take it personal. Figure out ahead of time the reasons why you may not get a raise or a promotion. Maybe the timing isn’t right or the company is struggling with its budget. Taking into account these reasons could give you a clear mind before heading to the meeting.

And if you’re not getting a raise or a promotion, it’s fine. Keep the conversation open ended, so you can talk and negotiate at another time. As mentioned, there is a plethora of reasons why they won’t give you a raise or a promotion, so don’t take it personal. Move forward, and prepare for your next meeting.

Think Long Term

Part of your professional career is going for the long run, so don’t get depressed if they reject your request. Take your time and look for the next possible opportunity. If you feel that you’ve reached your highest point at a company, maybe it is time to move on. But if you haven’t been in your job long enough, then wait to see how your performance could improve. Things change and maybe you’re one step away from your next promotion without you even knowing it.


  • Schedule a meeting ahead of time.
  • Plan your speech.
  • Choose a good time for asking.
  • Don’t take it personal.

Not To-Do

  • Schedule a meeting without saying what it is about
  • Just randomly talk about how amazing you are during the meeting.
  • Ask for a raise after a big layoff.
  • Quit if they don’t give you a raise or a promotion.