Dear Experts, I am going to be interviewing for a job next week, but obviously the job's not in the bag yet. But I was wondering how soon I should let my current boss know, or even IF I should tell him I'm interviewing for a new job. I know the customary 2 weeks notice happens after you've got the the job, but should I let him know that he might have to start looking for someone new? How do I tell my boss I'm looking for another job? In this economy - and as I'm a journalism major working part time at my hometown newspaper - he knows the job he gave me is pretty temporary while I look for something more permanent, but it has been an invaluable job and I don't want to disrespect him by telling him I'm leaving in two weeks. Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter: Q#377 Don't tell yet. Wait for offer. Boss will understand. PT = Person Temporary. He knows it's coming. (@jtodonnell) Q#377 Do not disclose u r looking - period. Give extra week's notice if u are inclined & able. The search is confidential. (@DebraWheatman) Q#377 The more notice you can give, the better, since it sounds like you have a good relationship. Good luck! (@beneubanks) Q#377 Agree with @dawnbugni. Keep it to yourself until you're ready to leave. (@louise_fletcher) Q#377 Don't tell him until you have accepted the job or have an iron-clad offer. It could jeopardize your current job. (@gradversity) Q#377 Rule is only give notice WHEN you have start date for new job. 2 ease transition, u can offer 2 train. (@juliaerickson) Q#377 If u tell boss yr looking he must look 4 yr replacement - that's good mgmt. If replacement comes b4 new job, u lose. (@robtaub) Q#377 Do NOT show your hand before you're ready to play it. Entire dynamic changes and could have negative impact on you. (@DawnBugni) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
Maybe you like your job, but you’re just not where you want to be financially. What do you do? Apply for a position with a different company? Or approach your boss and ask for a salary increase?
The ability to negotiate a salary increase can place you in a better financial position: extra money can help you qualify for mortgage loans or refinancing, or if you’re trying to build a rainy day fund, a raise can jump-start these efforts. However, it’s important to research and know your value before approaching your boss.
In other words, you can only approach the conversation with a fair number in mind—based on the average salary for professionals in your industry with your experience and skill set. Of course, it isn’t enough to only research your value. You need to know the best ways to approach your boss.
Here are four things you should never say when asking for a raise:
1. Don’t Threaten To Quit
Some employees think they can get the upper hand by threatening to quit their job. However, this isn’t recommended, even if you’re prepared to follow through with the threat. Remember, the goal is to get on your manager’s good side, not tick them off. If you approach the meeting with an abrupt or aggressive attitude, your boss may not respond favorably—they may actually call your bluff!
A better approach is to explain how much you enjoy your work. Let your boss know that you're interested in growing with the company. Next, state your argument for a salary increase. Be professional and keep your negotiations brief.
2. Don’t Mention A Co-Worker’s Salary
If you learn that a co-worker in a similar position earns more than you, don’t mention this when speaking with your boss. There may be valid reasons why your co-worker earns more. Maybe they have an advanced degree, or maybe they took additional courses to improve their skill set. Then again, maybe they have more experience than you. Don’t immediately assume that your employer is giving you the short end of the stick.
Rather than bring up a co-worker's salary, you could say:
"I've been researching the going rate for this position, and the average salary for workers with my education and experience is _____. I feel that I've been doing a great job and would like to discuss increasing my salary."
3. Don't Choose The Wrong Time
Don’t ask your boss for a raise out of the blue, and you certainly shouldn’t ask during a meeting on an unrelated topic. Once you’ve completed your research, schedule an appointment to meet with your boss privately. Additionally, prepare for this meeting by practicing responses. In all likelihood, your boss will question why you want a salary increase. The way you answer this question can determine the outcome.
Prior to this meeting, compile a list of all your accomplishments during the last 12 months. When your boss questions your reasons, be ready to run down this list and mention any other selling points. For example, you can mention any classes you've recently taken, and if it's been years since your last raise, bring this to your manager's attention.
4. Don’t Whine About Your Personal Problems
Do you have debt? Do you need to complete repairs around your house? Was your spouse laid off? These are all valid reasons to negotiate a salary increase. Understand, however, that your personal problems are not your manager’s problems. They no doubt will empathize or sympathize with your situation, but you shouldn’t expect them to automatically fix your problems by increasing your salary. Not that you shouldn’t ask for a higher salary, but keep the focus on your performance.
You could say:
"In the past ___ months I've taken on several new responsibilities (list them), and I know that you were satisfied with many of my suggestions and changes."
Getting paid your worth can improve job satisfaction. And if you’re already completing assignments outside your job description, why not take a chance and approach your boss? They just might comply with your request. Just remember to avoid making these four mistakes when asking for the raise you deserve!
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