CINCINNATI, OH (FOX 19) -- Who wouldn't like a fatter paycheck? Well now might be your best time to ask for one from the boss.
For the first time in nearly three years, businesses are starting to give raises and almost every company is planning to increase salaries in 2011 by three percent. "Talking about money can be difficult," says Julie Bauke, a career consultant based in Cincinnati.
Bauke says the first thing you can do is ask for a promotion first. "A lot of times promotional increases are easier to get than merit increases because they are actually attached to a business move," says Bauke.
A promotional raise on average is seven percent of your salary, while a merit raise is three percent. But when it comes to any request, never make it personal. "Personal reasons such as my mortgage payment went up or I'm not making ends meet or I just want more, not enough. It really has to be a business focused, company related, job related reason," says Bauke.
Bauke also recommends promoting yourself, do not be a wallflower. "What have you done? I'm not an advocate of running around the office screaming, look at me, look at me but it's more about taking credit for the things that you really deserve credit for," says Bauke.
Along with tooting your own horn, make an effort to get noticed by your co-workers and your superiors. Raising your visibility in house will allow you to become an expert in your field and someone people will want to work with.
"Volunteer for things, ask if you can take something on, maybe even in like a club or something in your organization, like in the United Way campaign, whatever it is, make sure people know who you are and of course in a positive way," says Bauke.
Finally nourish your network. Networking isn't just for job hunting, especially within your own company.
"Building and nurturing your internal network is really even more important because we all want, if we can create a career where we are, we all would like to do that, especially if it's a good fit for us," says Bauke.
But what do bosses really want to hear? Local software company boss Chris Boue says he appreciates an employee approaching him with a plan. "I would rather a staff member sit down with me and say what their long term goals were, what they would like from their job, including more compensation and how they have added benefits to the company," says Boue.
Adding to the company is exactly what Boue's employees, Damian Hazley, Chris Sauer and Katie Walley-Weigert are doing. "It's important to really focus on what value I'm bringing to the organization," says Hazley, an employee for 13 years.
"I think it's easier to point to that and say last year I was doing that and this year look what else I've done," says Sauer, who's been with the company for three years.
"I'm never saying "It's six months, I need to have my review and need to start asking people." I ask people daily what they see from me so that my boss and the people in the company know that I've constantly evolving and constantly trying to be better," says Walley-Weigert, one of the newest employees.
Constantly trying to be better will not only get you noticed at work but it will set you apart during six month or yearly reviews.
So before you set up that big meeting with your boss, develop your business plan and pitch it with all the confidence you have to convince him or her you are worth it.