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How to ask for a raise?

I’ve been working for the same Solo for 6 years. My hourly rustytrombone05/15/18
I find that the easiest thing is to be clear, concise, and h supercalifragilisti05/15/18
Apply to other jobs and wait until you're getting offers. isthisit05/15/18
Don't do this... It will backfire. Solo bosses are a mental triplesix05/15/18
I'm not telling him to leverage offers against his solo boss isthisit05/15/18
Yep I agree. triplesix05/15/18
If he hasn’t voluntarily given you a raise in 6 years - yo notiers05/16/18
rustytrombone (May 15, 2018 - 1:42 pm)

I’ve been working for the same Solo for 6 years. My hourly rate has gone up twice and I’m way more experienced than I was 6 years ago. I don’t know how to go about asking for a raise.

Here’s some background information: I graduated in 2010 from a T14 law school. I struggled to find employment. I ended up homeless a year after law school because of a complicated divorce.

I appreciate my boss for giving me a chance when I was homeless and unemployed. I was paid a fair wage at the time, but after 6 years and trial experience I’d like to think that I am worth more. I’ve been scared to ask because I have anxiety about being homeless and never want to return to that, but I don’t want the past to be a reason that I discount my worth. Advice?

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supercalifragilisti (May 15, 2018 - 1:55 pm)

I find that the easiest thing is to be clear, concise, and honest. If the answer is no, it will be no. Explain that you feel you have contributed in a positive way through your work and that you are wondering if there might be an opportunity to see a return on that effort. You may want to qualify it with assurances of your continued interest in working for the guy if you are concerned he might be upset with your asking.

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isthisit (May 15, 2018 - 2:30 pm)

Apply to other jobs and wait until you're getting offers.

Then tell boss "Boss, give me a raise for the following reasons:. . ." And see how he reacts. If he says no, then jump ship.

Stay loyal to yourself not the job.

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triplesix (May 15, 2018 - 2:35 pm)

Don't do this... It will backfire. Solo bosses are a mental bunch, it ain't worth fuking with it.


Your boss unlikely to give you a raise based on the fact that you came here asking us that you want to ask for it.

Just get a new job. With 6 years of experience you would be able to get 20k+ else where.

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isthisit (May 15, 2018 - 2:47 pm)

I'm not telling him to leverage offers against his solo boss. But to have offers pending so he doesn't worry about being canned after asking for a raise and so he knows what his market rate is.

Starting a new job is probably the best way to get a pay raise and not have any baggage.

My OP wasn't clear.

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triplesix (May 15, 2018 - 3:16 pm)

Yep I agree.

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notiers (May 16, 2018 - 2:51 am)

If he hasn’t voluntarily given you a raise in 6 years - you really ought to leave on general principle. You don’t owe him anything at this point.

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