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12 Ways to Get a Raise

You've kicked butt at work for the past year, and now it's time to make your case for a promotion. Cue nerves.

However, you can make sure your boss really takes your request into consideration by appealing to their unique personality—which you can figure out based on their Sun sign. Provided you've found a sly way to figure out your manager's birthday, use these tips to appeal to the head honcho's astrological qualities.

If your boss is an Aries…
Fight fire with fire. Rams appreciate a direct approach as well as drive, confidence and potential. Come right out and say what you want. As you state your case, be sure to emphasize how much you have to offer the company in the future. An entrepreneurial and competitive Aries won't want to miss an opportunity to be on the cutting edge months from now.

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If your boss is a Taurus…
Never beat around the bush with a Taurus superior—they'll know what you're after. A Bull will be looking for a hard worker and a solid record, so come to the negotiating table with evidence of your achievements. Above all, a Taurus admires determination and discipline, so staying late and coming in early could go a long way to showing your boss you're willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

If your boss is a Gemini…
This Mutable sign is known to be fickle, which means you'll only want to approach a Gemini boss when you know you're on their good side. However, if they flat-out reject your first request, don't despair. Geminis are prone to change their minds and can be scattered. Maybe they really did hear you the first time you asked for a promotion, but they just haven't had a chance to follow through yet. Enter negotiations with a solid rationale—and a little patience.

If your boss is a Cancer…
Your Cancer supervisor may be more than happy to give your paycheck a boost. They will of course be most eager to reward those who have proven themselves dependable, but also tend to recognize people who make them look good. Since Cancers are incredibly intuitive, tiptoeing around the topic won't work. At the same time, be aware that Crabs can be, well, crabby, so you may need to tread lightly with this sensitive sign.

If your boss is a Leo…
A Leo boss will likely be fair and generous, but they'll want to know that they can absolutely count on your loyalty. If you've been a dedicated worker, they've probably noticed. Be humble, but confident. And, if you can do it without coming off as too much of a kiss-up, stroke your manager's ego a bit by mentioning how their fantastic work has set such a terrific example for you.

If your boss is a Virgo…
Don't ever be a blowhard with a Virgo. A Virgo boss will look for substance and facts over charisma and bluster. They'll want to see data and statistics that back your reasoning for getting a raise, so put every little thing you've accomplished in writing. You'll also gain this sign's respect by being down-to-earth and straightforward. Flattery won't get you ahead with this sign.

If your boss is a Libra…
Be charming and direct, but never aggressive or manipulative. For example, don't threaten to look elsewhere for a better job. If you're one who does the job right and have shown that you work well with your coworkers, you'll impress this harmony-seeking Air sign. You can usually count on a Libra to weigh your argument and judge fairly. And don't forget to dress for success—a Libra may appreciate the effort you put into looking extra dapper and professional.

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If your boss is a Scorpio…
Chances are this Fixed sign will have already decided whether or not you deserve a raise before you set foot in their office. In fact, if they've noticed you've been doing a superb job, they'll probably go ahead and give you a promotion without you having to utter a word. However, if they're not convinced, come prepared to go to the mats and armed with hard proof, conviction and, as a last result, an ultimatum.

If your boss is a Sagittarius…
Sagittarius supervisors probably want employees who are as gung-ho as they are—so don't pass on team-building events or after-hours adventures. Provided money's not tight at the moment, you may be in for some good news. This laid-back Mutable sign tends to be more lenient and naturally good-hearted, giving employees the benefit of the doubt. Therefore, make a point to make your request when they're in a decent mood and not too busy.

If your boss is a Capricorn…
You must know that a Capricorn has probably already run the figures and won't be easily persuaded, unless they previously decided to up your paycheck and just haven't gotten to it. The Goat may test and prod you about your future endeavors within the company without hinting at what the correct answers are. Since Capricorns respect prestige, see if you can rack up some awards and honors through local or national business associations before approaching your Capricorn boss.

If your boss is an Aquarius…
Aquarius natives are known to be quirky, so think about your boss's unique personality. Chances are a one-size-fits-all approach won't work. However, you'll go further with an Aquarius by presenting a rational, intellectual argument than you will with an emotional one. Calmly lay out what you've done for the company, while highlighting all of the ways you've worked to better the group as a whole. This collaborative sign's ears may just perk up when they hear what a team player you are.

If your boss is a Pisces…
Don't be shy: List everything you've done to merit a raise. Pisces tend to focus on the big picture and may have missed the nitty-gritty details of your performance. This sign is inclined to be empathetic and flexible, so a Pisces boss may even be sensitive to your needs at home. That said, a Pisces won't throw sensibility out the window. This sign has stellar instincts and an eye for talent. The Fish admire creativity, so be sure to showcase your originality.

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