It’s no secret that women are more afraid of asking for a raise than men are. This definitely contributes to the payment imbalance between the sexes. Think about it. Would you pay extra, for anything, unless someone asked you very specifically?
Now you’re in your boss’s head.
Last year, I realized I hadn’t negotiated a raise in three years. I also realized that if I didn’t say something, my rate of pay would remain the same. Three years is a long time to go without an increase in pay. So I spent many sleepless (or stress-sleep-filled!) nights thinking about approaching my boss. I talked to friends. I talked to family. I talked to a career coach. And I was able to negotiate with my boss successfully!
It was the single scariest thing I’ve ever done in my entire career.
So, learn from my process! Here are 10 steps you can take to ask for a raise — even when you’re scared. Good luck!