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February 09, 2010

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Awesome story! I like how the reader was able to go outside of his/her area of expertise and created a new solution for his/her employer.

I've been hunkering down trying not to make waves, but maybe this is the optimal time to make waves and be noticed... Let everybody else hunker down!

Great Story. Thank you for sharing.

Be the lion! :)

My story is similar. The trade magazines say that for my job description, there were basically no raises this year (0%). I had a very good year in 2009, and a very good performance review. I was surprised to receive a 4% raise (CPI only increased 3%) This is the first time in many years that my raise has been higher than CPI.

Work hard, and it is possible.

That's the proof, that one can get a pay raise even when the economy is down. If you make an effort to do something, that benefits the company you are working for, you will be probably rewarded. Forget about the recession :)

This is a great demonstration of how to get a pay increase - focus on delivering value.

All of us are employed to either make money, save money, or save time. If you are able to quantify your value better and clearly communicate it to the business then getting a pay raise in any economy is easy.

Also, consider asking for a "creative pay raise" - don't just take into account your salary package as businesses are being very cost conscious around these. Instead it can be a lot easier to negotiate for increased car allowances, additional weeks of annual leave, internet and phone allowances, additional training and even more.

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