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I started my first corporate job in October 2015, and will be having the company-wide annual review in a month or so. When I took the job, I was desperate and scared, and asked for a salary that’s about 5-7k lower than standard/what they expected to pay me (let’s just assume I’m correct). I understand 5 months (by the time of the review) would be a short amount of time to ask for a raise, but I will have more expenses (that they don’t care about haha) soon, and will not be able to live off my current earnings. Hence despite the risk of displaying arrogance (or worse), I still have to ask as long as there is a chance.
It has been difficult for me to go “above and beyond” my duties as I generally can’t find the opportunities to. I now finish all my work independently in a timely fashion, and I help out coworkers where I can (in more miscellaneous matters, like minor computer troubleshooting when IT is busy), I make all my reports nice and easy to read, but there just hasn’t been anything I could do to “brag” about.
I know usually raises and bonuses are given during this review period, they may or may not give me one since I'm so new (according to my coworkers).
How would I go about getting a raise after only 5 months of being in the company?
- What should I highlight during my exchange with my manager? I am currently having trouble formulating what to say tbh.
- I would hate to play the sympathy card, but would it be professional or effective?
- If they give me a small raise during the review (say, 1-2k), would it be professionally acceptable to negotiate?
- Is it more professional to negotiate after the review (if it’s TERRIBLE, then I guess I wouldn’t ask..)? or do managers usually expect the negotiation to happen during the review?
Edit: Not sure if relevant, but my direct manager is also the head of, and the only one, in HR.
Edit: The question is different than the post "How should I properly approach my boss if I'm feeling underpaid?" in that
- The OP there had been working at the company for 2 years, I'm a new hire.
- The OP believes she/he went above and beyond the job description (which is one of the main arguments), I do not believe this is my case.