Gallery: How to beat the odds and get a raise

Gallery: How to beat the odds and get a raise

Summary: Although the economy is still shaky, that's no reason for being paid less than you're worth.

TOPICS: IT Employment

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  • You have experience, dedication and skills. Yet however good an IT pro you are, somehow your hard work or the value you deliver is not reflected in your payslip. It could be time to ask for a pay increase.

    Recently, I've written about reasons for getting out of IT and alternative careers, if you do decide it's time for a change. But you may be among the countless IT workers who want to stay on their chosen career path. And although the economy is still shaky, that's no reason for being paid less than you're worth.

    Being on call
    As soon people mention they are on call at the weekend or on weekday nights, I know the heavy price they're paying. There's nothing worse than staring at a phone at the weekend, knowing the minute you start to do something enjoyable, the blasted thing will ring. Anyone who has ever worked on call knows how that tension affects their time off. If you are one of those unfortunates and you agree to go on call, you should certainly be compensated for the added stress.

    Captions: Jack Wallen, TechRepublic

  • I have skills in Linux that are relatively rare in my area. Because of that skillset, I can command a slightly higher wage. Many people with specific skillsets find themselves in this happy position — those with Cisco and Unix skills, and database admins, come to mind.

    You have to think about this point in the context of a company's ability to replace you. Are your skills pressed out of a mould so that anyone in your organization could do your job? Or do you have skills that no one else could cover? If that's the case, you deserve a rise.

    Photo credit: afsilva/Flickr

Topic: IT Employment

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  • RE: Gallery: How to beat the odds and get a raise

    That's it? Just be available for "on call"?
    It can help; a lot; depending on WHO calls you, and WHO finds out about it, HOW you tell your bosses in your weekly reports (I always called mind weakly retorts in the title - they got a kick out of it), and making damn certain the results of taking on-call calls are all positive, so you have to share your failings as well as your successes wth your bosses.
    I speak from experience and success - it brought me all the way from an office manager to Director of R&D for North America and the Pac Rim where if I went any further, it would mean the very lkely loss of my family and children; I was already out of town more than was acceptable for anyone and they family stuck by me, but at the cost of a huge strain on my personal life. Even when my health failed and doctors started to give me orders such as no flying, specal diets and many other thiings I still hung on as long as I could as my company began making concesson afrer concession for me. I ended up only being able to telecommute and had to "retire" on dsability well before retrement age.
    At that point I became a consultant while they looked for people to replace my job functions. Meetings were changed to happen here in NY instead of Fl or Tx or o'seas and after a total of 3 years of consultng and training those who were to replace me, I finally had to quit entirely. By then the industry had changed enough that I could not keep up wth it any longer and I became a gratis consultant, mostly just out of friendship with the many people who supported me during the iincreases in my diseases. I didn't necessarly know the current answers to questions anymore but I could still tell most of them where to go to get the answers they needed.
    Probably the biggest loss I esperiences was missing out on a good share of the teen years for my chldren. To this day that still grabs me in a bad place even though they're both frown and doing just fine iin their lives.

    So before you embark too fully ingratiating an entire company to you, assuming it's possible where you are, think very carefully about your future and what you'll be giving up in the coming years should you succeed. When you become marked as "key personnel", gve it a lot of thought. The money is nice, the constant increase in responsibilities is a real thrill, but sometimes long-term results aren't what you "really" want. And if you're not an A type personality, forget it; you won't likely be able to sustain the amount of personal effort and dedcation it requires. It all boils down to knowing yourself.