Its the end of the financial year, meaning quite a few of you reading this will be considering a job change for a higher salary. There’s just one problem with this thinking, quite a many people tend to scout for jobs before genuinely trying for a pay hike in their current jobs. Having an open mind to push for a pay hike in your current job should not be an opportunity that you let slide. That being said, here are a few ways you can push for a pay hike without job hopping.

Research

Irrespective of what you eventually decide, this should be your first step. Researching what competing companies are offering individuals in your position will help you to know your worth in the job market. Job portals & magazines are a good starting point.

Proving your worth

Keep a track of the work you do and use it to prove to your reporting manager and seniors that you are worth the financial investment. This will go a long way in improving your short & long term career goals.  As Suchita Dutta, Executive Director, Indian Staffing Federation says:

Assess your performance prior to the appraisal by gathering all the facts and figures. Keep a habit of maintaining all your accomplishments and highlight the most impressive points. Make sure to point out the impact it has had to the entity as a whole. Finally, don’t forget to emphasize your enthusiasm and future plans for the company

Highlight Your Strengths

Psychometric assessments, aptitude test can be used as a supplement to evaluate your performance along with the previous step. Try to highlight your skill set and how it can help the organization moving forward. Doing the previous step will also ensure you have a lot of data points to back up your claims.

Fresh Challenges

Playing to your strengths being a smart move, you also need to keep challenging yourself to develop your skill set. It will not only keep you sharp, but also help you to develop even more stronger points to add to your skills.

“Keep a track of bygone tasks which were outside your purview and what the result turned out to be. Conquering new challenges may open up new horizons making one realise what one is capable of,” says Dutta.

 

Investing in one’s career

Investing time and money in your professional career is never a bad thing. Some companies require/encourage certifications while some others give prominence to self development. Whatever it may be, try to utilize your free time to develop your skills and abilities, you never know when they might come in handy.

Alternatives

By alternatives, we mean alternate benefits. A pay hike is not the only way you can benefit in your current organization. There can always be perks and benefits that you can avail instead.

“Always look out for non-cash benefits like work from home, time flexibility, private medical facility, life insurance schemes, bonuses, etc. It is possible for an employer to refuse a hike, but may offer the previously-stated bonuses. Always keep an open mind while negotiating on these lines so as to progress better on overall employment terms,” says Dutta.

Being the good guy

Being a hard worker sometimes just doesn’t cut it. Its possible that you might be spending hours more than anyone else on your job, but are those hours being utilized the way your boss wants them to be ? At the end of the day, its your boss that will give out that promotion or pay hike. Make sense then, to be in the good books of your direct boss.

Internal Change

If the current boss you report doesn’t have a style that suits you, you can always request a change in department. Although, this can end up being a double edged sword as there is no guarantee that a different team will be any better.

Switching

If none of the above methods works out, then you can search for a another job with the satisfaction that you’re tried your best to use every opportunity available at your disposal. here is no denying the fact that sometimes switching a job is an effective way of getting a big raise.

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