Billy: How is your new position at the company?
Michael: Same old, same old. How about you?
Billy: I'm A-Ok. I heard that you are applying for a raise. You really deserve it.
Michael: I guess so, but I am nervous.
Billy: Why are you nervous, you are a hard worker and the staff members all like you, right?
Michael: That is correct, but I am afraid to talk with the manager. I never know how to ask for a raise.
Billy: No problem, I will help you practice. I will give you self-confidence.
Michael: You would do that for me? You are A-OK.
Billy: I will make you a shoe-in for the raise.
NEW WORDS 新单词
1) A-OK（很好，了不起）: fine, great (spoken English only)
I hope everything is A-OK with Tom. He is late.
2) A shoe-in（最佳人选）: must win, best candidate
You are a shoe-in for the job.
3) Promotion（升职）: getting a higher station
Great news, I got the promotion. Now I am a senior account manager.
4) Persuade（劝说）: change one's mind, talk into
After a lot of talking, my wife persuaded me to get a new job.
5) Superior（上司）: one higher than you, your boss
I must give a report to my superiors this afternoon.
6) Worthy（值得的）: able, valuable
Tom is worthy an award for his high score on the test.
There Are a Few Steps to Asking for a Raise
Step one: Show that you are worthy of a raise or promotion. (Note# a raise is a pay increase，while a promotion is an increase in status.)
Step two: Ask the manager or boss for an appointment.
Step three: Convince and persuade your superior to give you the raise.
Step four: Thank your superior.
Step five: Repeat steps 1-4 until you get the raise or promotion.
Examples of showing you are worthy:
Q: Pardon me, Mr. Peterson, have you seen my latest report?
Q: Here is a progress report detailing my efforts of late.
Examples of asking for an appointment:
Q: Pardon me, sir, do you have time at 2:30 to discuss something important with me?
Q: I would like to make an appointment to talk with you, sir.
Examples of persuading:
Q: Seeing my motivation and experience, what kind of raise can I expect?
Q: My work record speaks for itself, look at all my achievements.
Examples of thanking your boss:
Q:Thanks for your time.
Q:Sir I appreciate your time.
Asking for a Raise
Molly : Pardon me, Sir, have you seen my latest report?
Gordon: Of course I have read it. A great piece of work.
Molly : I would like to make an appointment to talk with you, sir.
Gordon: Sure. I am free now, does that fit your schedule?
Molly : Sure, you are the busy one.
Gordon: Have a seat, Miss. Now, what can I help you with?
Molly : I would like to talk about me getting a raise.
Gordon: I see, you have been here for one year, that is long enough. Have you been a productive worker?
Molly : Here, my work record speaks for itself, look at all my achievements.
Gordon: I see. You have giving me something to think about.
Molly : Seeing my motivation and experience, what kind of raise can I expect?
Gordon: Please wait until I make my final discussion. However, I think you are a shoe-in for a raise.
Molly : Thanks for your time, sir.
Gordon: It was my pleasure.
1) Which is correct?
a) A promotion is an increase in pay
b) An increase in pay is a promotion
c) A raise means more money each year.
d) A raise means a better status in the company.
2) A synonym for Shoe-in is:
b) Best bet
c) Bad shoe
d) Fits me
3) To persuade is to:
a) Change someone's mind
b) Change your pay
c) Mind the gap
d) Change someone's diapers
4) If Tom is not worthy, he is:
5) A-OK should be used
a) Only with boys
b) Only to say bad job
c) Only in oral English
d) Never in oral English
Answers: 1.c 2.b 3.a 4.b 5.c