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What do you wish you knew when you were asking for your first raise? I’m well over half a year from that conversation but it’s on my mind. Me and my partner have sold a good deal of work but is that enough? Because there are times when I know I could have given more to a project, but I choose my mental health instead. This is so toxic but I feel like I’m not pulling enough all-nighters to earn a raise—like it’s some unspoken rule that my whole team is thinking but not voicing.

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My best advice is this: Ask now what your boss needs to see so that, come your year anniversary or whatever milestone is most relevant, you will qualify for a raise. That gives you specific goals and something to work toward. Otherwise, you’ll be arguing about details from the past evaluated against subjective criteria. Avoid that.

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How little money you’re actually asking for and how little they care about the change. When you’re at the beginning you get giddy over 5k, 15 years later you’re asking for 25-50k.

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I found you always need an advocate. Find a CD who is willing to go to bat for you.

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Have you not gotten a raise as part of your annual performance evaluation/raise cycle? Are you asking for a raise outside of this cycle? I feel like that context would help inform how you would approach the discussion.

If you’re selling good work, and are seen as valuable to the organization then you’ve got a good case. What you’ll want is a bigger raise than the 3% they’re giving out that year (thus year they may beg poor, and say no raises). The more valuable people get more than that. Sell work >> more $$$.
Also CCO1 is right.

I heard this: ask for the highest number you can say without laughing out loud.

It’s changed my life.

Write down your accomplishments and how you’re outperforming your title.

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