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It’s a really simple equation. You do what’s asked of you, you work hard, you even go above and beyond, logging long hours and tackling work on the weekends. Naturally, a raise and promotion are next, right? We wish it were that simple.

Unfortunately, with an economy that is one unpredictable minx and companies looking to cut costs however possible, it’s often futile to just sit around and wait to be rewarded. Often times you have to start the conversation if want a shot at bumping up your paycheck. But, as with all things work related, there are some useful dos and don’ts to getting what you want. Here are some of the most vital:

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