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Asking for a Raise; Bye-Bye Holiday Bonuses

Dear Career Coach:
I read in NETWORK COMPUTING's "2nd Annual Reader Survey" that 60 percent of IT pros got a raise last year. I haven't gotten a raise in two years, even though I've taken on more work and earned several certifications. How can I ask for more money without putting my job in jeopardy?



As the survey results suggest, you're not alone. But if you can make a compelling case, you may be able to persuade your employer to re-evaluate your compensation. Be up front--tell your boss that you like your job and you're not threatening to start searching for a new job, but you've done some research and found that your peers are making more than you are.

Here are some more tips, courtesy of Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of the Robert Half Technology consulting firm:

• Determine your market value by talking to recruiters and peers in other companies and checking online job sites and salary surveys specific to your field. (Find one here.)

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