i can present quite a bit of hard data to demonstrate my usefulness to the company.
k: that's great! then you have to figure out what a fair salary is for your position and your responsibilities. how long have you worked there?
a:this would be the third year.
k: three years? then your boss should be expecting you to ask for a raise. you can check online and find out what typical salaries for your position are.
from the research i've done, i'm pretty sure others are making about 15% more than i am.
k: ok, so there is your target. a minimum 15% raise.
i'm still a little hesitant to go tooting my own horn and demanding higher pay...it's just not my style.
k: well...as the old saying goes, "ask and you will receive." you have to give it a shot. i'd recommend you ask for a 20% increase, that way there's a little wiggle room for both of you to negotiate.
anita说，自己的工资比市价低15%。但她还是很犹豫。i'm still a little hesitant to go tooting my own horn. toot one's own horn。 kim劝anita， you have to give it a shot. give it a shot, 试试看。她还建议anita要求增加20%的工资，留下讨价还价的余地，wiggle room。 wiggle room回旋余地。