Are funding issues cramping your lifestyle? Consider asking the boss for a salary adjustment. Perhaps it's a bold move in the current economy, but knowing your astrological sign's secret key to success could be just the edge you need to get that raise!
As an ever-competitive Ram, you realize that in order to get more, you have to do more. Once you find out what others in your field are getting paid -- and learn as much as you can about the specific tasks they handle for their salaries -- securing a raise should be simple: Perform services that are worth bigger money, and ask to be compensated for them!
Anyone can do what they're told. You understand better than most, however, that going above and beyond is what makes you a special asset to your company or organization. So when the boss needs someone to get extra training or put in longer hours, be the first to raise your hand, even if you realize the effort may not be immediately rewarded. When you finally do request a salary adjustment, it'll be easy for the decision-makers to understand why you deserve it.
GEMINI: Work your charm.
Maybe in a perfectly just world, salary would be based on merit alone, and every worker would be compensated strictly for the effort they put in. But of course, ours is not that kind of world. And often, the boss makes decisions based on emotion instead of logic. Be sure, then, that you bring a good feeling to your workplace. It goes without saying that you should still get your work done, but when it comes time to ask for a pay increase, you'll get it because you're pleasant, likable and fun to work with!
Whatever your tasks may be, you care about people, and you tend to put others first. That's why it doesn't take you long to make yourself indispensable on the job. And while you should never offer an ultimatum when asking for a raise, it's a good idea to let the powers-that-be know that the personal touch and special attention you bring to your position is a rare asset -- and worthy of financial acknowledgment.
LEO: Deliver the goods.
You are a master at creating a public perception; your enthusiasm and natural ease with others easily draw people in. And when you act on behalf of your company or organization, good things happen. It's your sales skills that should be emphasized when you ask for a raise. Bottom line: The amount of money you ask for -- and should get -- directly correlates to the amount of money you bring in.
VIRGO: Just ask.
That's probably all you have to do. However, since Virgo people feel most confident when they're suitably prepared, take time to write down all the reasons you deserve a raise. Make a case for yourself. Study your notes, practice your presentation in the mirror and store it in your head. This rehearsal process will give you so much confidence that when you finally get the boss alone and deliver your straightforward request, you won't even have to discuss details of why you deserve it. You'll quickly just get to "yes."
LIBRA: Get political.
For social Librans, work is about relationships. The value you add to your company or organization has everything to do with the inroads you create between colleagues, departments and customers. You're constantly uniting the team and providing opportunities for people to work together. The relationships you build help strengthen your organization, which should be the basis of your salary negotiation.
One of your specialties is reading the moment, sensing the mood and recognizing the nuances of the given situation. You do more than merely observe what's going on -- you feel it out. Using your intuition, you can tell what's needed in an organization ... and how you can supply it. If you can keep yourself tuned in, you'll also know when the timing is perfect to ask for more money.
SAGITTARIUS: Be versatile.
You love to learn by doing a job. Furthermore, you're not content to have simply one area of expertise. Once you master a role, you enjoy moving around and learning other aspects of operations. Your well-rounded knowledge of your workplace can be crucial to attaining a higher salary. The more versatile you prove to be, the more you'll be paid.
Even if you're in an entry-level position at this point, you're still a leader at heart. Your ability to set a tone that others will follow is key to your career success. Realize that your actions carry influence, and that people tend to do as you do. When you take a high level of responsibility for the outcomes of company initiatives, you inspire others to do the same. Be sure you point out these truths to your boss when you ask for a raise.
As the sign of the future, you have a strong sense of where your organization is heading. You were probably hired in the first place not only for being a breath of fresh air, but also for your skills and attitude. This is the edge you should play up when asking for a raise. Emphasize your technological knowledge, your willingness to learn and your usefulness in today's ever-shifting marketplace.
Use your Piscean powers of empathy to see things from your boss's point of view. Understand how you fit into the bigger picture of your company and you'll have a better idea as to how you can add value from that position. Think about how your boss will justify your salary bump to his or her superiors. Supply the reasons why your services are well worth the extra bucks -- so your boss won't have to come up with them!