Ask For A Six-Month Follow-Up If You’re Rejected For A Raise

Ask For A Six-Month Follow-Up If You’re Rejected For A Raise

Being rejected for a raise can be a disheartening experience. But if you feel you deserve a boost in pay and your boss won’t budge, consider asking for a six-month follow up.

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Forbes contributor Laura Shin explains:

If you do get a no, you have a few options. Ask what it would take for you to get a promotion (and the raise that would go along with it) and come away with concrete, quantifiable goals you can measure, and then ask if you can revisit the issue in six months. At that time, show that you've hit or surpassed each goal, giving you a strong argument for the promotion and raise.

If your boss says the company budget is an issue, Shin suggests asking to be put on a six-month review schedule to potentially get two smaller raises.

For more detail, and some negotiation mistakes to avoid, check out the full article.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Requesting A Raise [Forbes]


  • “We’re sorry ma’am, we can’t give you a raise because you, and this telephone, look like you’re living in 1975.”

  • I actually did this after my performance review last year. I got an absolutely glowing review, better than anyone else in the company (as office manager I was in charge of the admin behind the reviews so I saw the data) and much better than I had expected for myself. I was told there was no money for the raise I wanted, and was given a token 2%, same as the rest of the company. I requested a follow up in six months and I was told “I’m happy to give you a performance review as often as you like, but you wont be getting any more money in the next calendar year”. I left.

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