To kick off our themed month, we also challenged our readers to share their own tricks and tips for earning more. Our May Call to Action question: What’s the most you’ve increased your income at any one time—and how exactly did you do it?
Thank you to everyone who shared their story—we enjoyed reading every response.
And congratulations to the winner of our May Call to Action, who will receive $100 to help achieve her financial goals: Anna Grannes, 44, a learning and development consultant, from Eagan, Minn.
Below, check out Anna’s response:
“When I was at my former company, I was working toward a promotion. (Back then, I was an Implementation Consultant II and was working to the next level, Implementation Consultant III.) I felt like I was doing a great deal of the requirements for the next job level, and so I had discussed a promotion with my manager at the time.
“But then the department went through a re-organization—and I suddenly had a new manager. I was nervous about working with a new boss who didn’t know me, but I met with him anyway to let him know what I was working toward. I think he was a little surprised, but he helped me map out my new goals within the objectives of the new team. The two of us also agreed on a timeline so that I could work on accomplishing my goal by a specific date. From there, I met with him regularly for one-on-one meetings to discuss my progress and to find out what I needed to do to stay on track.
“Over the next few months, I worked hard, accomplished my goals and got my promotion. In the end, I received a raise of about 18%—or $10,000. My salary before the promotion was about $48,000, and I ended up with just over $58,000.
“I think the most important thing I’d like others to know is that if you want something in your career—whether it’s a raise, a promotion or more responsibility in your job—you can’t just wait for it to happen. Start talking to your manager and ask how you can get there. Keep track of what you are doing, so that when you sit down with your manager, you can tell them. Have a clear idea of what you want and when you want to get it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I often like to tell people, ‘If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.’”