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How To (And How Not To) Ask For A Raise

If the financial reality of fatherhood has you hoping for a salary bump, remember that your boss giving your kid an adorable teddy bear doesn’t mean he or she is just going to hand out a 15 percent pay increase as well. You need to be strategic, both in how you ask and when. Identify the concrete ways you’ve brought value to the company recently, practice how you’ll lay them out and then wait until after the fiscal year – or any layoffs – pass. Also, don’t eat garlic beforehand.