If you thought getting up the courage to ask for a meeting with your boss to talk salary was the hardest part, you were wrong.
Once you step into that office, there are many ways you can convince your boss that a raise is the exact opposite thing that you deserve.
After chatting with some career experts, we were surprised to discover the harebrained things actual employees do when asking for more money.
Take the experts' advice, and NEVER do the following when asking for a raise:
1. Threatening Your Boss With Another Job
With a negotiation strategy like that, you might as well tell your boss you are quitting because he is probably going to fire you. Penelope Trunk, career coach and co-founder of Brazen Careerist, a career management tool for next-generation professionals, told The Huffington Post that no good boss will ever make you a counter offer if you threaten him with taking another job.
2. Mention That Your Coworker Makes More Money
It's pretty simple: How much you get paid is a reflection of your own work. Why would your boss pay you more because of your coworker's performance?
3. Ask For A Raise During A Meeting About Something Else Entirely
A conversation with your boss about your latest pitch to a client does NOT transition well into you pitching your own raise.
4. Tell Your Boss, "I Am Already Doing Your Job, I Should Make What You Make”
"If you are doing a good job, you should be doing your bosses job," said Trunk. "Your job is doing your bosses work and to make their life as easy as possible."
5. Whine About Your Personal Problems
Everybody has problems, and your boss may lend a sympathetic ear during a private meeting you schedule with her. But bringing up your crumbling mortgage, increasing student debt or the bed bugs currently infesting your apartment as a way to get a raise, doesn't make your case. "You get a raise because you are worth more to the company," Trunk says. "It is not their job to make sure your life works out."
6. Asking For WAY Too Much Money
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that times are tough right now and the economy isn't doing so well. "It always comes back to doing your research and knowing what your value is," said Jim Hopkinson, the author of "Salary Tutor: Learn the Salary Negotiation Secrets No One Ever Taught You."
7. Tell Your Boss About All The "Market Research" You Did
Congratulations, you didn't make the mistake of meeting with your boss without first seeing how much your peers at other companies earn. But DON'T go in and tell her everything you learned as if she are hearing if for the first time. “The market isn’t paying you—your boss is,” Anna Post, an etiquette expert at the Emily Post Institute, told more.com.
8. Ask For A Raise During A Bad Performance Review
This actually happened to a HuffPost editor who would like to remain anonymous. If your boss is bringing you in to talk about your poor performance, she is probably not inclined to start paying you more money! In fact, Trunk said that if you are waiting for a performance review to ask for a raise, you are probably too late. "Getting a raise is a six-month plan, not a six-minute conversation," she said.
9. Not Asking For A Raise...At All
All jokes aside, not asking for a raise at all can have a significant negative economic impact on your life in the long term. "You can't get a raise if you don't ask for it," Hopkinson said. So speak up! Just don't speak up with any of the things you just read about.