How To Negotiate A Raise Without Looking Entitled


There comes a stage in everyone’s career when, no matter how happy they are with the type of work they do, their surroundings, and their achievements, it feels like it’s time to move on.

Often, the pushing factor is money. Nobody likes to get stuck on one rung of a ladder, especially when we see our friends and rivals moving on up to bigger and better things!

But it’s daft to quit a job you love if there’s just one factor that needs fixing. And the idea that it’s difficult to get a raise at work is a myth, perhaps perpetuated by bosses who want discourage employees from asking for one! Because 70% of people who do ask are successful in getting that raise.

If you love what you do, and you’re good at it, you’re in a very good position to campaign for a higher wage because you are your own best advocate. The important thing is to remember that this advocacy doesn’t begin the moment you corner your boss to pop the question, nor end when you get your answer – whether it’s a yes, no, or maybe.

The fact is, even the best of us take what’s around us for granted. Unless you’re doing a really terrible job, your boss may not be aware of quite what it is you’re achieving for the business. So it’s time to start letting her know.

  • Make sure she hears about your successes.
  • Keep her updated on your progress with big projects.
  • Organize regular reviews to gather feedback and share your ideas and achievements.
  • If you’re rejected, let them see how you incorporate their feedback into your work.

Of course, it’s important not to make it all about “you.” That’s the secret to not seeming entitled. On the one hand, this means talking about (and believing in) your role in the business as a communal one. Your achievements are the team’s achievements; your success is the business’s success.

And on the other hand, it means figuring out objectively what you’re worth – seeing what other people are getting paid for similar gigs.

  • Factor in your education, experience, and the years you’ve put into the company.
  • Use a website like or to find out how much other firms are paying.
  • Take courses, attend business events, and build your network to increase your value.

Despite these easy to follow steps, 43% of Americans reckon they’re not getting paid enough. In most cases, the problem is simply that they haven’t asked for more. If you’re ready to do just that, click here to work your way through an infographic to prepare for that big question.

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