Asking for a raise is one of those awkward yet necessary moments. Some months are statistically better times to ask, but you can also time your request based on your individual career events.
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In addition to starting the conversation with your boss at least three months before your annual review (by the time your review comes around it might be too late), Human Workplace founder Liz Ryan recommends using these opportunities to suggest a salary increase: at the start of a big project, when you've taken on a huge new responsibility, when you're given another person's workload, or when your boss acknowledges your contribution.
You shouldn't ask for a raise every time your boss gives you a high five, of course, or at the start of every big project, but it definitely makes sense to time your request when you're in the limelight or your work responsibilities change.
Check out Ryan's post on LinkedIn for some example scripts of what to say at this critical time.
The Five Best Times to Ask for a Raise [LinkedIn]