Asking for more money is a stressful and often awkward experience. Unfortunately, for the uninitiated, it could also be a potentially harmful one for your career if you say/do the wrong thing. If you’re not careful in how you approach your employer, you risk humiliating yourself, pointing out your flaws instead of your strengths, and even throwing co-workers under the bus unintentionally. Sure it’s important to say the right things, but before you figure out what those things are, it’s much easier to start with the list of things you shouldn’t say during this all-important negotiation. Here are the nine most common.
#1. Don’t obliviously make your request during budget cuts
If costs are being cut everywhere, you’ll look like an idiot, walking in, asking for more money. Remember to put yourself in the place of your boss. Go through a mental exercise, and ask yourself whether your boss might have budget cuts that they’re facing. If so, your raise might pose an issue.