Depending on what type of facility you are employed with after CNA training, you may or may not be automatically offered raises at certain, predetermined time periods. Yes, it’s true. Some smaller companies still rely on the, “We can probably pay our staff less if they have to come and request their raises themselves.” It’s sort of an outdated tactic at saving money on staff, but since it’s still being practiced, we’re going to help you get around it today. We’ll give you the tips you’ll need to not only ask for a raise in your new career after CNA training, but GET the raise you ask for.
After CNA Training: How to Ask for a Raise
Before you stress yourself out at the thought of asking for a raise, let’s break this topic down. First of all, as we mentioned, the companies who do not offer raises at regular time periods or employee milestones are usually doing so intentionally. Just think of the psychology. If you owned a nursing home or medical facility and had to implement a plan for your staff which included hiring, training, firing, and benefits, don’t you think you’d consider the fact that you had to plan for hourly wages and increases in pay? Yes, you would. With that said, we assure you that the companies that make you, the CNA, make the first move, are doing so intentionally. But, there’s good news. You can get the raise you deserve, even if it’s not automatically offered to you.
Your first job after CNA training is likely to be quite a learning experience. You’ll be getting over fears you may have wrestled with and perfecting the skills you learned during your CNA training classes. If you haven’t been offered a raise after your first 90 days, which is the traditional and legal probationary period (the period where you can be let go without a real reason) then you may want to ask for one at that point. If you don’t feel comfortable enough to ask for a raise after 90 days, wait until you’ve been there for six months. That’s plenty of time and you definitely have the right to request one at that point.
After CNA Training: Preparing Your List
Asking for a raise is very much like wining a court case. You are the lawyer representing yourself and you are pleading your case. You’ll need to be confident and able to discuss your skills and your CNA training. Don’t think you can just walk into your supervisor’s office and ask for a raise based on the fact that you’ve been there for six months. No one really cares about that. You’re in a professional career now and the way to ask for a raise is to make a list of what you bring to the table. What value do you provide to your employer. Are there certain event or situations when you really shined or stepped up to the plate? Have you filled in for others? Have you helped train anyone? Wherever you’ve taken the initiative, write those things down. When you ask for a raise, make an appointment to have a meeting with your employer. Most likely, they’ll know why. Be casual. Simply say, “Do you have any free time to meet with me today or this week?” Simple as that.
When you sit down to the meeting, talk about how much you enjoy working for the facility and then lead right into your skills and what qualities you bring to the team. Then, mention the hourly rate you are currently earning and ask for about $1 increase. That’s expected and not in the least bit out of line.
You’ll either get it or you won’t. If you are denied, you should immediately start putting your resume in other locations. You want to work where your CNA training skills will be appreciated and where you feel you are valued.
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