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How to Negotiate a Pay Raise during Your Annual Performance Review

How to Negotiate a Pay Raise during Your Annual Performance Review

Posted by Jacob I. Kiani | Sep 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Use Your Yearly Performance Review to Negotiate a Pay Raise

The words "Yearly Evaluation" often strike fear into the hearts of even the most responsible, skilled employees. Traditionally employers used these meetings to offer an assessment of an employee's performance over the past twelve months, and to offer them a fair addition to their salary in the form of higher pay or additional benefits. Times have changed however, and many employers will not automatically use this opportunity to offer a pay raise. Despite this, the yearly evaluation still offers a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your accomplishments and negotiate a pay raise. A few simple tips can make sure you maximize your chances at a successful negotiation.

Preparation

This step is intensely important in preparing for your evaluation. Revisit your work history over the past twelve months and write down as much of the information as you feel is relevant. Make sure to highlight all positive reviews and projects you helped complete. This data helps remind you of what you have accomplished, and it gives you a way to put your contributions at work, quite literally, right under your employer's nose.

Determine A Fair Number

Surely most employees feel deserving of a fair yearly pay raise. The tricky part is coming up with a number that your employer truly feels is fair. If the company's overall performance was good this year, mention this as a reason you deserve a larger raise. Outside data can be very helpful too: search the internet for average salaries in your industry for your experience level, and use that to adjust the specific figure you have in mind.

Just Ask for It

Now you've got your accomplishments and a number in mind. The only thing left is to simply ask for the raise. Demonstrate your strong points and accomplishments. Then simply state that based on these factors, you deserve more money. Be calm and confident, without being overly confrontational. Your boss may try to brush you off quickly, but do not get discouraged. Remember that you are not demanding more money, you are simply trying to convince your employer that you truly deserve the money you are asking for. No amount of preparation can guarantee you will come out of the negotiations with the money you ask for. However, making sure you are well prepared beforehand will give you the edge you need and the best possible chances at getting the pay raise you deserve.

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Jacob I. Kiani

Jacob I. Kiani is an experienced and highly-skilled Los Angeles Labor & Employment Attorney. The Law Office of Jacob I. Kiani is a Labor & Employment Law Firm located in Los Angeles, California. The firm assists clients throughout Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Orange County, and the San Fernando Valley with legal matters related to Labor & Employment Law, Wage and Hour Law, Unpaid Wages Law, Overtime Law, Meal Period and Rest Break Law, Business Law & Litigation, Technology Law, Human Resources Law, Severance Negotiations Law, and Unbundled Legal Services.

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