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Dallas Employment Lawyer: Considerations When Negotiating a Raise

Salary negotiations can feel messy because, unlike initial employment agreement negotiations, lawyers are not often involved.

September 21, 2015


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Salary negotiations can feel messy because, unlike initial employment agreement negotiations, lawyers are not often involved. Here, Dallas executive employment attorney Keith Clouse provides some considerations for an executive negotiating a raise.

  • Understand the market. An executive should research market value for his position. He should also be mindful of specific factors that impact his employer. For example, if the employer did well the previous year, it may be more inclined to offer a bigger raise.
  • Highlight the executive’s value. Now is not the time to be modest. An executive should tout his talents and achievements.
  • Customize the approach. If the decision-maker is driven by hard numbers, the executive should provide a spreadsheet showing his value. If the decision-maker prefers face to face communication, the executive should schedule a meeting.
  • Be open to other forms of consideration. If the employer cannot provide a significant raise, the executive should consider asking for other benefits, such as additional vacation days or a car allowance.
  • Seek advice when needed. If an executive believes a nuanced approach is necessary, he should call counsel for assistance. An employment law attorney can provide behind-the-scenes guidance designed to maximize the executive’s chances for a positive outcome.

This article is presented by the Dallas employment attorneys at Clouse Dunn LLP. To speak to an employment law attorney about executive employment matters, send an email to debra@clousedunn.com or call (214) 239-2705.