promotionMost people wait for opportunities to fall in their lap. But, not you. What can you do to force opportunities to seek you out? What can you do to make your own luck – to make your own opportunities? Here’s what you can do.

Make Yourself More Valuable First

Employers must pay you your base rate plus any holiday pay due according to your work contract or conditions. By law, the employer must also provide liability cover to protect you and create a generally safe work environment, relative to the natural risks of your job. If you are unsure if your employer has set up the right kind of liability cover, seek guidance from claims specialists like But, beyond that, employers don’t necessarily have to give you raises. Yet, most people want them. To get them, you must earn them. To earn them, you must make yourself more valuable.

How do you do that? By taking on more responsibility.
Think about it. You’re paid for the job you do now, and you have a certain amount of responsibility. When you take on significantly more responsibilities, you will earn higher pay – so long as you ask for it.

Taking on responsibilities outside of your core work has to be done very carefully, however. You need to make sure you’re getting all of your work done before you add more to it.

In some cases, you can’t add more work or responsibilities so you have to stand out in other ways, like doing a better job than your peers. In almost every job, there’s room for growth and improvement. For example, an IT specialist can take additional courses and obtain advanced certifications that the employer may find valuable, even if it’s for a different position (which is really what you’re going for anyway).

Sometimes, a basic cert is required for a job, but advanced certifications might allow you to do a better job. Get those certifications. Then, you have a right to ask for a raise.

Have a Positive Outlook

Having a positive outlook means that you believe in yourself and your ability to perform for your employer. It means that you know your worth, whether it’s deserving of a raise or not. You have to be able to think positive, but also be realistic. That’s how you honestly assess your value to the company and obtain the raises you want.

Be Eager To Learn More About Your Industry and Your Employer

If you want a raise, you’re going to have to learn as much as you can about your industry, and about your employer, specifically. Try to find ways to improve on existing processes. Ask to shadow your manager and learn more about how the company works from a different perspective.

Become a “sponge” for knowledge. Soak up everything you can, even if it doesn’t immediately result in a raise. You have to put in a lot of work, a lot of effort, before it pays off. You may have to work for years before your employer offers you a raise. Be patient.

Research Industry Averages

It helps to know what the industry average pay is for your position. Fortunately, it’s easy to find this information online. You can also ask your friends (if you are both comfortable discussing each other’s personal finances like that). Finally, you can research what other companies are paying their employees for similar work.

It will give you a reference point when asking for a raise.

Adrian Holt works as a senior career consultant. He likes to share his thoughts and insights online. His posts mainly appear on career and personal finance blogs.