Aaron Gouveia has worked as the Content Manager of Salary.com since 2011. Prior to that, he was an award-winning journalist at several prominent New England newspapers. Read more...
If the true measure of a person is how he/she acts in the face of adversity, then how you react when you get turned down for a raise request speaks volumes.
Look, no one likes rejection. It’s not easy mustering up the courage to advocate for yourself, ask for more money, and potentially put your self-worth on the line. Doing your utmost to convince someone you’re worth it and then having your manager disagree isn’t an easy thing with which to cope. Once you’ve been turned down, you now run the risk of becoming bitter, detached, and disinterested at work – and that serves nobody.
If you’re asking for a raise it’s because you’re a professional, so make sure you act that way even in defeat. Here are some tips that can help you along the way.