What You Need To Do Before Asking For A Raise At Work

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I want to start this by saying I’m not planning on asking for a raise any time soon, so don’t worry, Warren. (FYI, that’s my boss.)

But, as most people are, I’m planning to ask for a raise eventually. You may be thinking about this future as well, as 2014 comes to an end. After speaking to some people whose opinions I value dearly—my coworkers, people I look up to in my industry, and my mom—I’ve learned that the time to start planning to ask for a raise isn’t when you want a raise. It’s right after you got the first one (or in my case right after you get hired).

Here are four things you should do in the planning process.…

The Dos And Don’ts Of Spending Your First Paycheck

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It’s not often that the SALT™ Blog advocates spending a little money. We generally preach about keeping the pockets tight.

But we aren’t monsters!

We know how exciting the rush of getting your first paycheck can be; I recently discovered this joy after landing my first full-time post-college job. Of course, I also discovered how easy it can be to go overboard with spending.…

6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Negotiating A Raise

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At some point, every professional must ask for a raise. The logic behind this is simple: No one is going to give you one if you don’t ask for it. Besides, many times you have a better chance at winning the lottery than having a salary increase come on its own.

As prep work, answer the following the six questions and brush up on how to have a difficult conversation with your boss because, let’s face it, asking for a raise can bring up a lot of nerves and anxiety.…