How to Get a Raise or Promotion
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How to Get a Raise or Promotion

The Ultimate Crash Course
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Created by Jonathan Barnes
Last updated 12/2016
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  • 32 mins on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Have confidence in asking for a raise or promotion
  • Know if you are being paid what you're worth
  • Understand the process of asking for a raise or promotion from start to finish
  • List and share your accomplishments
  • Understand the average amount of a raise
  • Have the right mindset going into the process
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  • Know your current salary
  • Decide if you're pursuing a raise or promotion
  • Know the timeframe and amount of your last pay raise

Do you feel undervalued in your current job? Either in pay or position? 

Are you having these kinds of questions?

  • How do I ask for a raise or promotion?
  • What’s the process?
  • Is it just going to happen?
  • Do I just need to ask?
  • How much should I ask for?

You’re not alone. In fact, only half of U.S. workers ask for a raise from their employer. And of those that ask, less than half of them actually receive the raise they request?

  • It’s not as simple as asking. But you have to ask.
  • It’s not as simple as being great at your job. But you have to be great.
  • It’s not enough to make a list of your accomplishments. But you have to make a list.

Successfully asking for and receiving a raise or promotion is an art and a science. 

It takes work in order to know what matters to your boss, how to prove your value, and how to make the case for why your raise or promotion is warranted. But it takes a mindset and a certain approach to really make a compelling case, and then follow through from start to finish

 You can Google yourself to death trying to learn the secrets. Or you can take an immediate crash course in how to get a raise or promotion and get right to what matters. There are a lot of great courses and resources out there but if you're looking for one that gets right to the point without draining your brain, this is the one for you. 

This course is as simple as it gets.

If you're looking for an easy-to-understand, practical, and straightforward program then this is where to start. If you're early on in your career or just looking for some valuable insights (and a kick in the pants) on how to chase after your raise, then get let's get started!

  • No-nonsense quick videos that get right to the point
  • Downloadable worksheets (PDF fillable)
  • Solid balance of mindset/measurement approach

"I'll get you started, you take it the rest of the way. Now go get your raise!" - Jon Barnes

Who is the target audience?
  • Professionals
  • Business people
  • Young professionals
  • Those looking to advance their career
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Curriculum For This Course
Why do you want a raise or promotion?
1 Lecture 02:53

Are you ready to take the leap?

  • Congrats! Your interest demonstrates the fact that you value your contribution
  • You have to believe that you're worth it: YOU and your WORK
  • No one else is going to initiative this. It's up to you
  • What follows is a pathway, not a promise. Are you ready?

WORKSHEET: Why I Want a Raise or Promotion Worksheet

Preview 02:53
Mindset is everything
1 Lecture 02:35

Don't go into the process with the mindset that you're entitled to ANYTHING.

  • Your mindset is key
  • It doesn't matter how long you've been at your current position
  • It doesn't matter how much you do, how heavy the load, etc
  • Prideful entitlement is an instant raise-killer
You're not entitled to a raise at all
Your boss doesn't know what you do
1 Lecture 02:11

Assume that your boss is only aware of 50% of the contributions you make.

  • It's usually not your boss's fault if they don't know all that you do
  • If they're not aware it's probably because you're doing a great job
  • Don't fault your boss for the gap. You should be reporting on your own anyway (good/bad/ugly)
If you're a great employee then this is normal

What's the perspective of a good boss when it comes to people asking for a raise?

Boss Brains
1 question
The secret sauce
1 Lecture 03:03

You have to already be doing the job that you hope to be promoted to. When leadership looks to promote they look for people who are already doing it.

  • This is the secret sauce: Live and lead at the next level BEFORE you make your ask
  • You have to be moving ahead, not waiting for permission
  • Look at the job description of the position you want. Do as much of it as you can right now
The one thing your boss looks for when it comes to a raise or promotion
Know the average amount of a raise
1 Lecture 02:50

Go in knowing that the average raise is rarely more than 5% at one time.

  • There are many types of raises: Merit, annual, etc
  • For performance increase you will rarely see more than 4 - 6%
  • Go for what you think you're worth! Believe in it. Don't let these statistics stop you
  • What's the worst that could happen? Your boss will respect your initiative
Where do you rank on the spectrum?

What's the baseline when it comes to the average raise?

Seeing Green
1 question
List your accomplishments
1 Lecture 03:49

Make a list of your duties but also list your accomplishments.

  • This will help you as much as it will help your boss
  • Make an actual document. You'll send this to your boss later and they will ask for it digitally.
  • Tasks and accomplishments: What you do all day AND what the benefits have been over time

WORKSHEET: Tasks and Accomplishments Matrix

Preview 03:49
Are you profitable?
1 Lecture 03:50

Think of real problems you've solved that make the company more profitable.

  • This is big. Don't just list duties. Tell the stories of how you've solved real problems
  • Keep the focus on profit. Measurable things. Efficiencies, productivity, dollars
  • Recall a few personal case studies that you can share 

WORKSHEET: Problem Solving Worksheet

Preview 03:50
Respect the process
1 Lecture 01:29

This is a mid-way reminder because at this point you're probably feeling pretty awesome about yourself. 

  • Be polite throughout the entire process, even if it gets frustrating
  • Be patient as this process can take weeks or months
  • Be gracious and remember that work isn't all about our compensation

Mind your PPGs

Let's see how well you were paying attention now that you're feeling all amazing. 

Mind your What?!
1 question
Comparative salaries
1 Lecture 03:28

Use Glassdoor, Indeed, Salary, or similar tools to assess comparative salaries based on both your industry, region, and title. It can vary dramatically based on where you are.

  • You must know what other people in your role/industry/region are making
  • Don't rely on just on one source, compare as much as you can
  • Make sure you account for variances and differences by industry/location/specialization
  • Look at national resources and Association or Industry guides

WORKSHEET: Comparative Salaries Worksheet

Do your homework
Where are you going in the future?
1 Lecture 03:47

Clearly communicate your own long term professional goals. People want to promote people with vision and self-leadership.

  • A raise or promotion is an investment in you. No one wants to invest in something that will be gone quickly
  • If you have a vision for your own career, you will be seen as someone that can be trusted with more
  • Make your goals as clear as possible and remember, it doesn't need to be just about work

WORKSHEET: Personal Development Worksheet

People with personal vision get promotions
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About the Instructor
Jonathan Barnes
4.8 Average rating
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6 Students
1 Course
A True Creative Communicator

A true creative communicator, Jon has experienced enough seemingly disconnected careers in his short lifetime to confuse any guidance counselor. Charging ahead with the realization that creativity can be applied to any profession, Jon currently works at a MD-based advertising agency where he leads a thriving content marketing practice. Speaking frequently on all things content, digital, viral and creative, Jon has run his own advertising and design firm, served in full time youth ministry, and worked marketing for a regulatory consulting firm and legal practice dedicated to helping clients succeed in FDA regulation, approvals, labeling and inspections. His finest work has involved unicorns and trade show pranks, hand-painted car murals, neon lights, meteorological impostering, car design, executive ghost writing, and ancient Greek. He holds an Undergraduate Degree in Bible and Theology from Washington Bible College, a Master’s Degree in Modern Studies from Loyola University Maryland, and after flirting with a Doctoral program eventually decided making YouTube videos was a better investment of energy. Jon is married and has 4 boys, most of whom are obsessed with Legos.