Requesting a raise can be a daunting task, and it can be especially tricky for women, but there are ways to draw attention to the qualities that truly make you an employee worth the extra money regardless of whether you’re a member of the so-called fairer sex.
According to the National Organization for Women, women make 77 cents on the dollar compared with their male counterparts. If you think you deserve more from your company and you need an effective way to request a raise, here are some tips that could help you get what you’re worth.
Getting the Guts
Even when you know you want and deserve a raise, it’s all too easy to say you’re happy enough with what you get paid, according to Tory Johnson, CEO of Women for Hire, a company that focuses on recruiting services for women.
And it may be easy to settle with your company’s standard 4% even though you know you’re worth more. After all, you may just be glad to be employed since the nationwide unemployment rate reached a high of 10% amid the recession.
But as the economy and the job market improve, opportunities are opening up. Just as workers who are unhappy with their current jobs aren’t as afraid to move on to another, employers may be more willing to pay extra to keep their most valuable workers.
“The biggest challenge for women is to commit to asking … commit to negotiating. That’s often where we fall short,” says Johnson. “We refuse to ask because we don’t want to rock the boat, we assume they know better what we’re worth, we want someone to like us, we don’t want to argue. Those are all the exact words women say when coming up with reasons why not to negotiate.”