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If You're Not Getting Raises or Promotions, Ask Yourself These 6 Questions

Men are 25 percent more likely than women to get a raise when they ask for one, according to research from Cass Business School and the University of Warwick in the U.K., and the University of Wisconsin. It's more difficult for women, but why?

If this sounds like you, ask yourself these 6 questions:

#1 Did you ask for it? - Don't just assume someone is going to offer you a promotion when an opening occurs. Ask for it, but be prepared to outline all the reasons why you deserve the promotion. Give your boss something to chew on.

#2 Do you communicate one-on-one? - In this age of emails and texting, personal communication can be forgotten. Don't make this mistake. Digital communication is not going to let your boss know who you are and what you are capable of.

#3 Are you talking to the right people? - It's easy to make friends within your department but important to reach out to different departments in order to know what's really going on in the company. Making cross-functional relationships is extremely important and a skill that could get you promoted.

#4 Do you have ALL the skills required? - Hard skills are those that are specifically required for the job, but soft skills are often those that make you look like a leader. This includes excellent communication skills and the ability to display confidence.

#5 How do you respond to corrective criticism? - It's by learning the areas in which you need improvement that you grow, so don't take critical feedback personally. Turn negative into positive, and make sure your boss knows how you were able to improve in these areas.

#6 Are you at the right company? - Unfortunately, sometimes it's best to just move on. If you've done everything right and still are not getting promotions, maybe the company is downsizing or holding off promotions and raises for economic reasons. If that is not the case, maybe it's time to find another company. The good news is that the recession is over, and unemployment is at an 8-year low of under 5 percent. In February 2016, employers added more than 240,000 jobs, so it might be the perfect time for you to look around.