Getting a raise is quite the gamble for most.

You come in early every day, stay till sundown, constantly flood your mind with work concerns, bust your tail for a year, make personal sacrifices and postpone plans, all in hopes you’ll get a promotion.

Sometimes, it pays off. That’s ace!

Other times when it doesn’t, it really makes you question if it’s worth it. And you spend your time wondering if things could be different.

Having asked for a raise and not getting it is better than not having asked at all. It’s like asking the coordinator to shine the spotlight on you.

Before we rush into that, here’s why you might have been passed over for a raise.

1.   Out of season

Timing your request is just as important as showing your achievements.