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You know you deserve that raise and promotion -- here's how to convince your boss.
You Will Need
- Time to reflect
- The ability to be honest with yourself
Note how you feel
Note how you feel on Monday morning. Are you sick to your stomach at the thought that there are five days between you and another weekend? Not good.
Consider your workload
Think about your workload. Has it recently doubled—or halved? Either scenario is a valid reason to be unhappy.
Weigh pros and cons
Draw up a list of the job’s pros and cons. Do the cons outnumber the pros? Are the cons more troubling than the pros are enticing? Note: 'free coffee' doesn’t count as a pro.
Assess your value
Assess your value to the company. Do you feel you’re being paid what you’re worth? Is your boss appreciative of your efforts? If the answer is 'no' to both, it’s time to go.
Weigh your options
Weigh your options. If you quit, could you afford to live without a salary for a while? The average job hunt takes six months—more, if you’re earning over $60,000.
Rate the difficulty
Be honest: could a trained seal do your job? Then you’re ready for a challenge.
Measure your crap threshold
Measure your threshold for taking crap. Is it lowering? Are you on the verge of telling your boss at the morning meeting, 'By the way, nobody really wants to hear about your weekend potty-training the puppy—let’s get this show on the road.' Ta-ta and good luck.