Blog about the three top things to know before asking for a raise. Discuss the importance of getting to know who is who in the corporate chain. By knowing who is who, you will have an advantage of knowing who may be up for a promotion before you and what you can do to amp up your chances. Discuss how to be a flexible employee and show your employer that you are capable of swiftly adapting to change. Gather information on how often reviews and raises are handed out and make a determination if you feel overdue for one. Ask your employer for a private meeting and be brief, professional and direct.