4 ways to get a raise for 2018

 

Aside from higher pay, most of the top 5 appear to have average amounts of stress and a fairly average work-life balance.

There’s nothing like a pay increase to ring in the new year. Here’s how to score one.

 


Hoping for a raise going into 2018? You’re not alone.

Most of us could use more money, whether it’s to pay the bills, save for a specific milestone, or have a little extra breathing room for emergencies.

The good news is that most large companies plan to give out raises for 2018, according to consulting firm Willis Towers Watson. Furthermore, the average increase will be somewhere in the ballpark of 3%, which, if you’re earning $60,000 at present, will put another $1,800 in your pocket next year, minus taxes.

Still, just because many employers will be dishing out pay increases doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to get one. If you want to improve your chances of seeing a larger paycheck in 2018, here are a few key moves to make this month.

  1. Volunteer for something big

Whether you volunteer to drive a new marketing campaign or do that research report nobody wants to do, going above and beyond toward the end of the year is a good way to secure a raise for 2018. After all, if the fact that you’re stepping up is fresh in your boss’s mind, he or she is more likely to consider giving you a pay increase.

 

What if there’s no major assignment to jump on? It’s simple — invent your own. Come up with a proposal for an initiative that will better the business, and offer to be the one to spearhead it. This will show your boss that you’re thinking big and aren’t afraid to take on new challenges, which will hopefully work to your advantage moneywise.

  1. Get a major assignment done ahead of schedule

If you want to prove that you’re worthy of a raise, you’ll need to do a good job of delivering on the tasks you’re responsible for. But if you really want to increase your chances, don’t just aim to meet deadlines. Rather, get your assignments done well in advance, so much so that your boss can’t help but take notice. This especially holds true for major projects that others are depending on.

 

  1. Do your research

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