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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — For many people asking for a raise is uncomfortable or downright intimidating.  A new study reveals while most workers feel they deserve a raise less than half are ready to ask for one.

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On the long list of things most people want to avoid, Allyson Ogisbi says asking for a raise is certainly one of them.

“It’s intimidating. You know you have to sell yourself a little bit and validate why you deserve that raise,” said Ogisbi.

According to a survey from employment agency Robert Half, most professionals don’t feel confident asking for a raise.

“I think it might be the disappointment that they’re going to tell you’re not as awesome as you think you are,” said teacher Gina Gidden.

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That fear of rejection may be why 36 percent of people would rather clean their house than ask for a raise. About 14 percent would rather look for a new job altogether and 5 percent prefer getting a root canal.

“Even though you know you deserve a raise, you’re just a little apprehensive to talk about it,” said Ryan Sutton who works for Robert Half employment agency.

Sutton says asking for a raise can be easier if you’re prepared.

Go in knowing what the average salary is for your position and practice for the boss by role-playing the meeting with a friend or co-worker

“You’ll go in prepared and if anything you’ll just have a little more confidence going in,” said Sutton.

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Experts say a little bit of homework, some negotiation and a lot of confidence can result in more money in your pocket.