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asking for a raise sample lettersSample letter asking for salary increase :

Actually, these days, due the economical crisis and the instability in the jobs, it is really hard to ask for a salary raise.

Many of us do not even think about asking for a raise, maybe because we know it can be automatically denied or perhaps just because any of the workers are really indispensable for the company, for that reason, if we are not satisfied with our salary or even with our job, then they can hire another person and we are going to find ourselves kicking cans at the street.

However, even on these hard times, getting a salary raise is possible, but it is necessary to be asked for on a correct way and explaining the reason why we actually deserve this salary raise.

For that reason, if you are thinking about asking for a salary raise and you do not have any idea how to do it, then the first things on your mind must be your achievements and results, likewise the proofs of success in your position at the job and the development evaluations.  Remember, to obtain the salary raise is not necessary to whine neither complain about it. Some people take the wrong way when they think that working extra hours without being extra paid is a fair reason to ask for a salary raise.

The only way to get a salary raise is showing with concrete proofs that you deserve it. But to do that, it is necessary to count your contributions to the company, because it does not matter if you were many years working for the company, if you did not achieve any goals and did not give any contributions to the company, you will not have any reason to ask for a salary raise.

Keep always in mind that you are not being paid for your long time at the job or even for your manners; you are being paid for the achievement of certain goals. I mean for your results at the company. Some people specialized recommend to ask to our closest boss how to ask for a salary raise, but actually, sometime it cannot be a good idea at all.

Also it is really important to wait for the right moment to ask for the raise. Generally, the asks for a salary raise in the middle of the year are not taken in consideration, but by the other hand, when you ask for it at the final months of the year at the time when they develop the outcomes of the year, then that may be a really good moment to ask for it, also it is really important to take advantage of the good moments at the job, like may be a promotion or the charge of new responsibilities.

Finally, do not forget to find out the destination or person who will know about your request, in the most of the cases, the closest boss cooperate with this process. At the big companies, where as always there are many really high positions, I recommend you to write a letter asking for a salary raise; it would be more professional and formal. Otherwise, at the smaller companies, you can ask for a raise by talking with your general boss and explaining what your situation is.

Remember, before asking for a salary raise, you should really think about why you need it, it is not necessary to start the drama by telling to your boss about your personal or money troubles. You will have more chances to obtain the salary raise if your words a clear and well-explained.

Here, I will show you an example of a letter to ask for a salary raise, remember, it may work or not, it depends of you, your manners and the time when you ask for it:

Manchester, October 11th, 2010


Joseph Markam
General Manager

Containers SAC

Dear  Mr .Markam:

Through this letter I would like to let you know about my salary raise request, when I was hired as a writer of the Economical Section, in 2006, the contract said that the company has a commitment with me to increase my salary when the first year was successfully done. Since then, I have been performing my duty efficiently (you must add the proofs of your good development) and even the past year I was promoted as chief Editor of the Economical Section, a new responsibility I took with proud and happiness.

However, my salary keeps the same way since the last 4 years, for that reason, I ask you to check carefully my career line on the company and the amount of my salary.

Waiting for your sooner answer, I shall say good bye and thanks for your time.


Pamela Aranda

Chief Editor of the Economical Section

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