But how many of you think you deserve a raise, only to hear these words from the boss: We can't afford it. Workers cited getting a raise as their No. 1 priority this year, according to a New Year resolution survey by Adecco Staffing North America.
Hewitt Associates, a global human resources firm. Salary hikes have not generally kept up with the rate of inflation -- 3.8 percent in the past 12 months ending in August, according to government data. (Feel free to complain now.)
Complicating matters is some companies have replaced across-the-board salary increases for performance-based pay.
But that doesn't mean you should settle for little or no raise if you believe you're worth more. You could snag a raise by making a strong case to your boss, especially now when the labor market is tight, experts say.
Here are some tips:
"You have to have concrete evidence," he says. "You can't just say, 'I deserve it because I worked hard.'"
From the mailbag: Tracy, a reader from Philadelphia, wrote about a work quandary.
She was fired from a job a year ago for not working an event that was mandatory because of an emergency.
Now, Tracy says she has an interview with the same company but different department. Should she go on the interview? If she does, should she come clean about her employment history with the company?
Eileen Levitt, president of the HR Team in Columbia, who frequently interviews job candidates, questions why Tracy wants to work there considering "apples -- in this case managers -- don't fall far from trees."
But Levitt says Tracy should be honest if she goes on the interview.
"That way, when she runs into her old boss, her new one will have all the details, and it will take away the old boss' ability to diminish her in the eyes of her new manager," Levitt says.
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