If you read my last two blogs you have your value established and articulated. But now, you have to ask. This is something most women are not comfortable with and I will be honest, I am one of them. But until you ask you will get nothing.
Just imagine you are your boss. Budgets are tight, your boss is on you about productivity and line items. Why would you wake up one day and say ‘Hey, I think I’ll give Suzi a raise.’ I’m not saying that there aren’t smart, proactive bosses who don’t do just that, but we all know they are in the minority. (Remember that when you become a boss).
If you go to McDonald’s and stand at the counter they won’t just give you food. You need to ask. The same is true a work. If you want a raise, a promotion or maybe to take the lead on a new project, you need to ask.
The secret to remember is that asking isn’t just saying ‘I want a raise’ or ‘This is what I think I’m worth.’ Asking comes at the end of a strong argument and valid thinking about what the organization needs and why you are the one to help them get it. This will show that you understand where they are, what they need and why they will value what you bring to the table.