How long has it been since you asked for a raise from your employer? Maybe you waited for him to get his business thru the recession.

Well now maybe it's time for your boss to come forward and thank you for helping in getting the company thru this tough period. And now step up your pay so you can handle your costs of living.

How long do you wait for your boss to make the move? You may go on waiting forever unless you initiate the change.

If sitting around waiting for the boss to give you a raise hasn't worked for you so far, then what are you waiting for? It's time to ask for a raise.

Before doing so, totally prepare yourself ahead of time. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Find Out How Much Others Working in Your Field are Earning The first thing you should do before you ask for a raise is learn about typical salaries in your field.
  • Figure Out How Much You Can Earn To do this, consider the number of years you've been working in the field and the length of time you've worked for your current employer.
  • Evaluate the Financial Health of Your Employer If your employer is having financial problems this is not the right time to ask for a raise.
  • Prepare Your Argument You really shouldn't approach asking your boss for a raise as an argument, but you may have to make your case. Think of it as selling yourself just as you would do if you were trying to get a prospective employer to hire you. Make a list of all the things you've accomplished for the employer.
  • Set Up an Appointment to Talk to Your Boss Show your boss how serious you are about asking for a raise. Treat this as a business meeting.
  • Present Your Case See how your boss responds to your request first. Then if need be, present the material you gathered earlier, including the typical salaries in your field and your accomplishments.

Your boss may agree to give you a raise immediately. You may have to do nothing more than ask her for one. Wouldn't that be nice? If that doesn't happen you may have to do more to convince your boss you should get a raise.