Moving up in your job can be tough to do and asking for a raise is something that causes a lot of people anxiety and stress. If you feel like you work hard, are dedicated to your job, and care about the company then moving up shouldn’t be a problem if you let all your feelings be known. Many people don’t express their love of their job or company. Here are some self-improvement ideas that can help make you more money and a valuable asset to your employer financially.
Don’t be shy about asking about the position that opened up in a different department. Show interest in new things and areas of the company. Doing this will show your boss you care about their investment in you, showing them you want to stay long term. Ask to attend conferences and join committees in your building outside of your role. This shows your dedication to the company and in the end will help you move up.
Ask for a Meeting to Discuss a Salary Increase
Prior to doing this you need to evaluate you situation, and consider all the things you have done that make you worthy of a raise. Go into the meeting with fact, ideas, and goals for your next year. Let your boss know you plan to be there for a long time and keeping you happy is better for them. Recruiting a new person takes time and money, and if you company has good retention rates then it’s a good sign you will get that raise.
I also know that there are some people out there who can’t get a raise due to budget cuts, working for a non-profit organization, or if their company gives across the board raises. If you are one of these people you should ask your company for some personal development and growth opportunities. Don’t be shy about expressing your need to grow within your current role even if it doesn’t offer a raise or title change. Adding more experiences and attending professional development session will build your resume and make you more valuable in your current role and in the future.
Working in a job for more than two years can get monotonous and sedentary. You have to ask and seek out personal growth because if you don’t, no one will do it for you.
Take Matters into Your Own Hands
You should also focus on what you can personally control. That includes contributing to a 401k plan! There are already options for receiving more financially from your employer without even asking. Too many people leave money on the table when they fail to contribute to their employer sponsored 401k that often times some percentage of a company match.
I always recommend this before looking into other investment options. However, once you have met these fund matches from an employer, it’s time to look into creating your own brokerage account to start trading bonds, equities, commodities, and binary options.