Want to make more money? Of course you do. JSYK, it’s not advisable to ask for a raise more than once a year, so if you got a New Year’s salary bump (lucky), you might want to lean back and count your money for a bit. But if you didn’t, we’ve compiled a list of the best times to speak up and ask your boss for a pay increase (by zodiac sign, of course!).
Whether or not you receive extra moolah is based on your performance and your company’s budget, so we can’t make any promises about the contents of your paycheck. However, these are the optimal dates to get the ball rollin’.
This year, you’re feeling extra antsy about your salary—which is why you will be cosmically pushed to ask for a raise on May 7, August 3, and August 18. You may even receive a surprise bonus on November 21, without having to ask for one.
Whatever you do, do not ask your boss for a raise during Venus Retrograde (which occurs from May 13 to June 25). Financial promises may be faulty during those 41 days and 40 nights. Trust us, you’ll thank us later. But don’t stress: June 25 (after Venus Retrograde ends in the early morning), August 3, and December 15 are safe!
Use your finely-tuned people skills and savvy sales pitches to redefine the terms of your salary during the three Mercury Retrograde cycles in 2020. (That's right: Mercury Retrograde's not all bad.) From February 16 to March 9, June 17 to July 12, and October 14 to November 3, you can try to renegotiate your pay rate on *your* terms.
Don’t be shy! Let your boss know that you deserve more cash for your work. Speaking from the heart will bring a raise your way from March 9 to 21. Another good time is August 18. Mars Retrograde will make autumn a complicated time, but November 21 is optimal.
March 4, April 22, June 25, and October 12 are optimal days for you to make your case for a raise or bonus. Ask for the amount you want, and make a case for how underpaid you’ve been for your past work.
Your paycheck could glow up on March 21, June 21, and December 29—so ask your supervisor about your salary on those days. Avoid asking for a raise during Venus Retrograde (May 13 to June 25) and Mars Retrograde (September 9 to Mars 13)—if you do, the amount will be way less than expected.
Your suave money-making skills will be beneficial when it comes to negotiating a salary increase on May 7, July 20, August 7, and August 11. You'll also have plenty of opportunities to speak up in the autumn, particularly on November 15 and 21.
Not only will Mercury turn direct on March 9, but it’s also one of the most amazing times for you to speak up during your quarterly review. You’ll also have other chances this year, especially on May 5, May 22, June 5, and November 30. Drop the mic!
Unfortunately for you, darling Archer, your personal finances dictate that you NEED to start asking your boss for a raise immediately. However, in case you don’t want to take a gamble, check out these beneficial dates: June 21, July 5, September 2, and December 29.
Your finances are wonky until April 1— but hold off on asking for a raise until July. If you get a raise before then, it’ll be breadcrumbs compared to what you truly deserve. Ask your boss for a baller raise on July 1, August 3, August 18, or October 1.
The first five months of 2020 won’t bring a ton of cash your way—especially from your professional endeavors. All the more reason to have a chat with your boss on May 7, July 5, September 2, and December 21.
TBH, Pisces, this is your year to grab as much moolah as you can! You’re having an extra lucky year when it comes to advancements and pay bumps at work. But here are some key dates to look out for, JSYK: March 24, June 5, July 5, and December 21.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.