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How to Ask for a Raise in a Recession

How to Ask for a Raise in a Recession

Tim Chan |

The current economic climate doesn’t exactly lend itself to asking for a raise.

With all the talk of bailouts, budget cuts and layoffs (not to mention undue bonuses), many an employee is wary of asking for more money. But what if you deserve a raise?

According to some experts, you are in luck. Now could actually be the best time to start negotiating.

“Companies are trying to figure out how to do more with less,” says Lane Transou, a human resources manager for a drilling company in Houston, Texas. “Management is willing to listen more so than ever.”

But before you march over to your boss with a list of new salary demands, make sure you’re fully prepared. Here is what experts say you need to know before you ask for a raise:

1. Assess your company’s financial health.

Understand the goals of your company and the challenges it is trying to mitigate. Take into account your company’s standing in the industry. A quick Google search and a copy of the firm’s latest annual report can reveal what the market conditions are like. If your company is struggling to stay in business, it is probably not the best time to ask for a raise.

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