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I have my 1 yr review coming up. How should I ask for a raise, and how much % is valid to ask for? (I’m new to asking for raises)

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Who’s going to tell them? 😬

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I’m sorry, OP. I admire your optimism! (No sarcasm)

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How is your company doing right now? Assuming it’s in a similar position as most companies weathering this pandemic, I’d take that into account and consider the possible reality that you may not be getting a raise at all. It’s hard enough to keep people employed, let alone hire more or give raises to those already on staff. That said, it all depends on what you’ve contributed and how you’re able to definitively point to specific things you’ve done that warrant a raise. Build a case for yourself with tangible examples, and you can respectably ask for anything between 5-20% in your position as a junior producer. My first raise when I was a junior copywriter was just over 14%, although I wouldn’t expect a percentage that high in my position now unless I was changing agencies or getting a promotion. Also, most of my raises never happened during my “official” review period. They almost always came at unique times that were dictated either by myself asking for more money/jumping ship, or by a boss recognizing that I was putting in more work than I was being compensated for. But in this climate and at this time, I highly doubt you’ll be getting any sort of raise unfortunately. Best of luck, though! It never hurts to ask, and if anything it’s practice for when things are better and your company actually is in a position to better compensate you for your efforts.

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In short, nows not the time to be making demands. Doubtful your manager is the decision maker, but has been in convos about comp. Perhaps consider reframing and ask for advice as to whether or not it’s an appropriate time to discuss comp. And they’re more likely to give an honest take.

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Don’t ask for a raise now. Bad timing. If you company did well during the recession ask for a bonus.

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Yup. I think it’s more valuable to OP if they wait and stack their chips, rather than ask for anything that, if anything, would be pennies. Stay vigilant and bear through it, then ask for even more after you’ve completely killed it in the interim.

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I’d reframe the conversation to start with your understanding of the climate and ask about having another chat in 6months to see if anything has improved. It’s worth talking to your manager about whether it’s feasible in normal times, and how to ensure you can make the case. But I know at my company all raises are on freeze right now. Even people who have been fully promoted aren’t getting the pay increase. So talk about it realistically - that of course you want one and here’s XYZ reasons you deserve it, and what would be a way to reapproach it as things move forward, etc. Sorry... and good luck!

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In light of senior people taking pay cuts so junior levels can preserve their lower salaries, asking for a raise may look super tone deaf since your manager may have taken a 20 percent decrease to help float people like you. Now, if your company is one of the lucky ones facing no negative impact from the virus, feel free to ask, but I would wait personally. You don’t know how your request will land in this environment.

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Given the economic climate getting 2-3% to cover cost of living would be pretty great.

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We’re taking one for the team this year, buddy. What actually sucks is everyone’s going to ask for one as soon as this blows over. Ask for a raise less title bump next year in good faith, then ask for more of a raise in 2022.

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