Thinking about asking for a raise? Before you do, make sure you’ve positioned yourself as strongly as possible for a yes, by asking yourself these seven questions. 1. How long have I been in this job? Typically you should be in a job for one year before you ask for a raise. Exceptions to this are if the job changed dramatically or if your responsibilities have increased far beyond what was envisioned when you were hired. In a situation like that, it could be reasonable to revisit the question of your compensation. But in most cases, you should wait until you’ve been employed for a year. Read more.