Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...
Lets say you hit the one year mark in your new job, you’ve worked incredibly hard to prove yourself, and then during your annual review you do your homework, present your case, and land a nice raise.
Like a sophomore that has survived freshman year and now knows their way around campus and how hard they have to work to succeed, an employee that is confident that they are fairly paid in the marketplace and happy with their role can put more focus into their job.
Ironically, when you’re not constantly worried about the paycheck of the guy sitting next to you or if the grass is greener at another company, you’ll be more focused on the goals in front of you, which should lead to a better raise at your next review.