That’s why career expert Joe Mullings recommends talking to your manager about what needs to be completed quarter-by-quarter to warrant your salary increase. Or, if you feel as if you’ve already done the legwork and deserve a bump now, bring performance data to back it up. “Keep a rolling 30-day record over the next year of what you have accomplished and how your direct supervisor and the company benefited from what you had delivered,” he shares. “Evidence in the hands of your supervisor will allow them to take it to the powers to be who decide on merit increases.”