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You’ll only get what you ask for

I was working in the oilfield for a year and a half and was laid off. I talked with a co-worker who was also laid off. He started the same time I did and was earning over twice as much. I was flabbergasted. I was better educated and had worked just as hard. He confided his secret, “Every time I saw my supervisor I asked when I was going to get my next raise.” We only saw our supervisor every month or three. He got the raises. I didn’t.

I didn’t learn.

My next job at EDS they told us that we weren’t allowed to share salary information with others. I was intimidated. Luckily they did give me some nice raises. After a few years those raises slowed down. I waited for my annual reviews and hoped for a raise. Once, I got ready to quit. The boss found out and gave me a raise. Hmmm. I still didn’t learn.

I am now paid based on how well AGI does. My wife owns the company. If I were going back to an hourly or salaried job, I’d talk to my boss about a raise every 3 months. 

Every 3 months is often enough that you can set goals and meet them between reminders. It is often enough to get some more education and finish some more projects. You have time to turn in 13 good weekly reports to your boss, even if they don’t ask for them.

I would NOT be upset about NOT getting a raise. I would expect to get a better raise than if I kept quiet. Think about it. If I discuss my job performance and a raise every 3 months with my boss, I will be much more likely to focus on what will get me a raise. Also, at the end of the year my boss really knows how much I deserve. 

Something to do today

Want a raise? A promotion? Time to start reviewing your desires with your boss often. More often.

Use raising technology and new techniques to get a great job

Fingerprint locks are used by tons of people on a daily basis, whether on computers or phones. People use them more often than the number or word locks because of convenience. They even have fingerprint locks for doors, and eventually I can see new locks like these being used more often than the everyday lock and key. The world changes a lot around us, and with that there are new ideas and new ways of life. 

Your job search should be like the world, always changing, always improving.

Every year thousands of people get great new jobs with massive pay raises because they have learned something new and exciting. I know average programmers who are earning $120,000 per year. They learned the latest technology and tools and have been riding the gravy train for 3 or 4 years. Accountants that can implement brand new systems are still worth their weight in gold. 

Adding a fingerprint lock helps sell thousands of new electronics to geeks like me. New technology, techniques, and skills can sell CEO’s and managers on your value.

What can you learn today? 

Something to do today

The greatest lunch topic you can talk about with your boss is, “What is the emerging world changing technology, technique or skill in our field?” Try it today.

Are you paid enough?

I help people get paid enough.

A lot of folks are underpaid.  I’ve gotten a few people 50% pay raises.

I try not to get them paid too much.  If they are paid too much they get laid off.

This article gives some good answers to the question, “Are you paid enough?”

6 things to do to go from WalMart wages to Tiffany’s wages

Are you paid like you work at WalMart, Target, or Tiffany’s jewelry store?

You have to decide what your value will be.  WalMart prices may be the only thing that get you a job the way you are.  With a little work you may be worth more. If you can polish yourself up from a diamond in the rough to a brilliant cut diamond, you may just make it to the world of Tiffany’s custom jewelry.

Some things you can do to earn Tiffany’s wages are:

1. Education and certifications

2. Build a reputation through publishing and public speaking

3. File a patent or two

4. Track how much money you make or save your company

5. Lead a very profitable group at work

6. Work for an elite company

After you are a diamond worthy of Tiffany’s, you have to demand to be paid like one.  But don’t worry, there will be people calling you every month with a new job offer if you really are ready for Tiffany’s.

Something to do today

Do you want more money?  Figure out how the very highly paid people in your field are different from you.  Write out a plan to become like them. If you don’t know what they did, call them up and ask them.


Coming up

How everyone else sees you

The difference between fertilizer and ****

How to demand more money and get it at your current job

A great article on exactly what you need to do to get a pay raise without waiting for your annual review.

read more here to get a raise.