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How to ask your boss for a raise

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 LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)- We would all like to have a fatter paycheck. So did you ever consider just marching up to your boss and asking for one? Believe it or not, now might be the perfect time to make your case. 

Asking for a raise can be an uncomfortable situation, but for the first time in years, businesses are starting to increase salaries. So what can you do to get a bigger piece of the pie? Like anything in life, it's all about the way you ask for it. 

"Times are tough and what with the struggling economy, it seems that everyone is in a budget crunch at some point" Lisa Spears, Workforce Solution South Plains, says. 

KCBD NewsChannel 11 sat down with an expert from Workforce Solution South Plains to find out how to make it a bigger pay day. The first step is to show your value. Spears advises to do research and find the average salary for your position in the region, and then identify your strengths. 

"Find out why and how you would add to your employer's bottom line and productivity and ultimately profitability" Spears recommends. Ask yourself: Have you taken on more responsibility? Do you come to work early? Do you stay late? Have you spear-headed any new projects? Don't be afraid to toot your own horn!

 "You are selling yourself, your abilities and your overall value to the employer" Spears explains. 

Prepare notes and then print and practice telling your boss why you deserve this raise. Anticipate objection and prepare encouraging counter-statements. Avoid emotions; this is really about the profitability of your company. "Use a professional approach, do not beg, grovel, or cry. Do not corner your boss; do not give them ultimatums..", Spears advises. 

There are other forms of compensation you can find if a raise is not possible. You could recommend extra time off, your employer might be able to find a way to help compensate your child care or negotiate your benefits package.

 But above all, as Spears says: "You'll never get a salary increase without being proactive." 

Constantly trying to be better is a bonus for everyone, so set up a time to talk with your boss after you have developed and practiced your pitch to convince him or her that you are worth that extra buck or two. 

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