Talking about money can be quite uncomfortable. This especially goes for the people who cannot even bargain for a price even if they know they are being exploited. This particular topic is pretty uncomfortable even with the people with whom you do not have a formal relationship with. This is because a lot of times people think that talking about it will make them seem too greedy or desperate throwing a pretty bad impression. But of course, this is not the case. One should not refrain from bringing this subject up whenever they need to because money, at the end of the day, is pretty important and you need to fulfill your needs and make sure that you are not exploited in any way. There are a lot of things you can do to sound better when talking about it which will no longer make you feel awkward and anxious.
Timing is important
When it comes to a job, you have an extremely formal relationship with the people who are under you in the hierarchy and especially with those who are senior to you. For this reason, you must always consider waiting for the appropriate time to talk about your salary. Be sure that you have developed that type of a comfort zone with them. Consider the amount you are asking for and back it up with facts but that too at the right time. This will raise the chances of getting a raise and also will not leave a bad impression on your boss.
Refrain from throwing the first number
It is quite tempting to spill out the amount you really want when your boss asks you. But this is not the right thing to do. If you throw the first number, there are chances that you actually kissed a bigger amount goodbye and now your boss will consider what you want. Other than that, maybe what you have in mind is too much. This will instantly throw your boss off and will seem very inappropriate. Due to this maybe your boss may not consider giving you a raise for quite some time and even damage your relationship and reputation. Always remember that no matter how friendly your boss it, there is always formality involved.
Some jobs offer more perks compared to salary and some offer the opposite of that. You might consider the benefits you are receiving so that you do not sound unreasonable. Be mindful of that and do your own calculation before you knock your boss’s door. Do not take any drastic steps like not taking the job you like just due to the salary because there are always chances of a raise based on your performance.
Prepare before you go
This is one of the most important things to do. You must first play the conversation in your head and come up with all the points that you have to raise. Make sure that those points are compelling and valid.