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Q. My company is doing quite well in the down economy because of the business we are in (clean energy technology). We are a growing company and I was brought in straight out of college about 8 months ago into an entry level position. Since then, I have been given projects that equal or surpass others on my team in responsibility, even though they have more experience.

Originally, I was brought in as an “assistant,” but due to the amount of work that had to be done, I was quickly given a lot of projects and responsibilities not in my job description. This has been going on for most of the time that I have worked here. Although I enjoy the challenge, it is frustrating to know that I do the same job as people who make $3,000 to $50,000 more than I do. The company is young, and no one has been here for more than 3 years. In terms of the industry, everyone in my group brings a similar amount of experience as me to the table for our job function. First, is my frustration warranted? I know that you have to pay your dues, but I always imagined starting from the bottom, doing grunt work, and learning an industry from the people around you, which is not the situation I find myself in now. Would it be warranted for me to ask for a raise/promotion during my next review based on this?


Documenting your contributions is wise. Keep track of the successes you have, all you have learned, ways you have developed or improved processes, saved money, increased revenue, or trained others to be more efficient. Your colleagues have set a base line. Your goal is to surpass that, and be recognized financially and with increased responsibility and rank.
To make that happen, any display of frustration needs to be avoided. Your goal is to become a leader and have your colleagues and managers see that. If there are things that you need to learn that are not readily available from colleagues, find another way, and become a teacher to others. Find managers in other groups who may be able to add to the breadth of your experience. All the data will be very valuable in your review, and the documentation will serve you well.

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