You’re punctual, hardworking, and dedicated. These qualities alone should land you a raise, right? Wrong. In today’s world of business, if you want something, you need to take control of the situation. In an ideal situation, your boss would acknowledge your hard work and understand the various nuances that you handle every day and reward you accordingly.

Because recognition does not happen frequently, you need to communicate your value to your boss. Having a conversation regarding a raise is certainly not easy. It takes confidence and a certain finesse. The following three tips will help you prepare for asking your boss for a raise.

Get on the same page

Sometimes, you feel your work is outstanding and that you have gone above and beyond. Yet the reality is that your boss may have a different opinion. To make sure you are on the right track and meeting business objectives, meet with your boss and ask questions. Find out their expectations of you and don’t be afraid to ask for specifics. If you don’t know how your performance is being measured, how are you going to meet your goals and surpass them?

Ask for additional duties

A salary increase is rationalized by value. If you are simply completing the tasks in your current job description, why do you deserve additional compensation? Talk to your boss about your career path and express your desire to grow with the company. Ask for additional duties that coincide with your goals.

You have to give something to get something. If you are already doing this step and have demonstrated your ability to take on additional responsibility, get ready to have a conversation about a raise. If not, groom your skills and document your wins as they arise.

Adjust your angle

When having the conversation, do not mention why you need the extra money. You want to be strategic in the conversation and demonstrate your business acumen. The company does not benefit by you paying off your mortgage or student loans. Remain focused and target the conversation about what you bring to the table. Discuss completed projects, your future intentions with the company, and your overall performance. Be mindful of your tone and attitude during the conversation. Don’t be arrogant or too meek. In the end, remember that you are presenting a case. If enough evidence is gathered, you may conquer the conversation and earn yourself a raise.