Mar. 3rd, 2016

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I got a raise yesterday, hooray! I actually wasn't sure if we would be getting raises this year since they changed a lot of our benefits last year and gave us larger raises to sort of "make up for it" (even though it was really a net loss for almost all of us). I got slightly more than the average bump this year partially based on the fact that they are changing me from hourly to salaried. It's really only surprising they didn't change me before (I'm a project manager), and I don't get paid for a *ton* of overtime, but during my busy times I have racked some time up. Times like this always remind me of the not-so-good old days at my first post-college job where my pay was very low. When you're struggling to get by, and they excitedly tell you that they were able to get you a 3% raise, and you do the math or get your next paycheck and realize you're now bringing home a whopping extra $30 a month, it feels like it's never going to get better. If I could give my younger self advice, I would have told myself to negotiate a higher starting salary - even a couple thousand would have made a huge difference, since those 3% raises, depending on your starting salary, can take years to bump you up a couple thousand). I also would have started looking for other jobs once I had a couple of years of good experience under my belt. Even if I never found anything, it would have kept my interviewing skills sharp and kept me on top of what types of skills employers were looking for.

On an unrelated note, yesterday Zen and I were talking about marriage proposals. He was telling me he had read an article that said that proposals were silly and outdated. I said I'd still like one ;) But we got into a discussion about people talking about proposing and saying "I sure hope he/she says yes!" Maybe I'm just a weirdo but I feel like if you're not pretty darn sure that the person will say yes, maybe you shouldn't be asking. Maybe it's just something to say when you're feeling nervous/excited about asking? Do people not talk about this stuff?


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