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Career expert says have a plan before asking for a raise

How to get a raise when they’re not handing them out

Katharine Brooks, executive director of the Office of Personal and Career Development and author of You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career, says asking for a pay raise should not be done without careful planning. “Being prepared can help you overcome your hesitation.” Aside from keeping track of your accomplishments and contributions, you can plan by thinking about things like timing. “This is key,” Brooks says. “If others are being laid off, or there has been a cutback in revenues to the organization, that is generally not the time to ask for a raise. Wait for things to settle, then assess the situation.”

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