How I Get $10,000 Raises Every Year
Posted on February 20, 2015
This is part 1 of a 3-part series on maximizing your income and earning your dream job:
- Part 1 – [You Are Here] – How I Get $10,000 Raises Every Year
- Part 2 – How I Got a $60,000 Job at 26 With No Degree
- Part 3 – How I’ve Landed Every Job I’ve Ever Applied For
Here’s the deal…
Just about everything you’ve ever heard about career development is DEAD WRONG!
If you’ve ever read books, blogs, articles or have spoken to your parents or career counselors, you’ve probably been told that the only way to get a raise is to put in extra work, extra hours and kiss your bosses ass.
I’ve NEVER done any of that, yet over the course of the last 4 years I’ve increased my salary an average of $10,000/year, and it wasn’t by coincidence. I established and executed a well-calculated plan to achieve these results.
Take a look at the graph below to see how my income increased over the last 4 years.
It’s important to note that I’ve earned the jobs and salaries indicated in the graph above despite being half the age of my colleagues and despite being a college drop-out. So if you think there’s some reason why you can’t get the job and salary of your dreams, you’re dead wrong!
Since I was 21, I’ve mastered the art of getting good jobs at world-renowned companies making top-dollar. As a self-proclaimed Career Hacker, I figured out the “Corporate Code.” That’s what I like to refer to as the secret to climbing the corporate ladder without kissing ass, stabbing your co-workers in the back or becoming a slave to your boss.
In this article I’m going to reveal the formula I’ve developed to earn $10,000 raises every year.
This is the same system that I teach in much greater detail in my career development class: Conquer Career Course. If you are truly serious about maximizing your earning potential, you will definitely want to enroll in this course because you stand to benefit the most. More than 2,000 satisfied students have already enrolled.
Between the ages of 18 – 21, I approached jobs and salaries the way the so-called “experts” told me to… It didn’t work!
I couldn’t get more than an entry-level job at a tele-marketing firm or customer service call-center. I was broke, busted and disgusted. I was driving a raggedy 1995 Honda Accord that would barely pass inspection, and on multiple occasions I was so broke that my electricity was cut off. Had it not been for my girlfriend, I wouldn’t have been able to eat. It was bad… Really, really bad, but those days are long gone.
After putting some career development tactics into effect from 21 – 23 my whole life changed and I started making the big bucks!
Over the course of the next few years I decided to reward myself with a few toys:
After perfecting my system from 21 – 27, I released my first critically-acclaimed book: What Next? The Millennial’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the Real World, endorsed by Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Emmy-Award winning TV show Shark Tank.
This book was a step-by-step plan for success in education, employment, entrepreneurship and personal finance for Millennials.
The success of my book resulted in mainstream media coverage in Forbes, Fox Business and several other mainstream media outlets. I was even invited to become a contributor for The Huffington Post, a highly-coveted role granted only to those who are deemed top experts in their field.
To make a long story short, the tactics I implemented from 21 to present day have allowed me to flourish in my career and get paid top dollar.
In the end, I developed a system that works!
Here are 5 tactics I implemented to break the rules, defy the odds and earn $10,000 raises every year:
1. I Learned a Marketable Skill (Several Actually)
The world was evolving and the Internet was growing at a rapid rate.
Companies like eBay and PayPal proved that eCommerce was viable and high speed Internet was becoming widespread.
In this moment I recognized that the business world around me was also evolving, yet the education I was receiving to prepare me to work in this new environment wasn’t evolving.
Everything I was learning in college was generic, out-dated and total garbage!
In the winter of 2005 I decided to take a gamble on digital media marketing and decided to teach myself everything I needed to know. I knew that although I was an early adopter, this industry was going to be huge, and it was and still is!
See… the thing about life that no one (parents, teachers, professors, guidance counselors) tells you is that the only way you’ll ever be successful in life is if you get ahead and stay ahead. LITERALLY!
You have to pay attention to trends and ride the wave until that trend dies and the next one comes along.
If you follow my system, you’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about.
So the first thing you need to do if you want to increase your income by $10,000 or more a year is to learn marketable skills, and as many as possible.
When I was 18 (11 years ago), I had to learn new skills from books and by trial and error. Nowadays, it’s ridiculously easy to self-teach yourself just about anything, and in much more enjoyable and easier to follow along formats.
Online education services like Udemy, Code Academy and Lynda.com offer courses taught by experts in their field via video training. This makes it extremely easy to follow along.
Thanks to the Internet and the aforementioned services, you can learn a variety of marketable skills that employers will pay big bucks for including, but not limited to:
- Digital media marketing
- Social media marketing
- Online advertising
- Computer programming
- App development
- Web development
- Video editing
- Graphic design
2. I Built Businesses
After I dropped out, I spent the next 3 years learning digital media marketing, online marketing, search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising and web development.
I built several blogs and eCommerce sites and implemented the marketing tactics I had learned along the way.
It’s worth noting that while I was self-educating myself, I was also working a full-time job as a customer service rep.
I spent every spare moment I had learning the marketable skills I needed to know, as well as applying them through the businesses I launched online.
I dedicated myself before work, during my lunch break, after work, at nights and on weekends. So don’t give me any excuses about you “not having time.” That’s B.S. and you know it.
When I turned 21, I built a profitable consultancy where I consulted businesses on online marketing.
As a side note, you may be wondering… If you built so many successful businesses how and why did you end up taking on a job later on? Why didn’t you just continue on with your business?
There’s a few reasons. In short, The Great Recession destroyed my consulting business in 2010. I also grew tired of the instability in my income. Things like a stable paycheck, health insurance, a 401K retirement plan, etc became very attractive after losing almost everything after The Great Recession.
I felt it important to let you in on that little tidbit because the world we live in today evolves and changes so quick, and you never know what can happen.
That being said, you have to make yourself unemployment-proof so that no matter what happens in the world, whether there’s a company-wide layoff, a down-turn in the economy or a number of other external factors, you remain employable and a desirable asset to future employers. This is the core of what I teach and show you how to implement in my course.
3. I Built a Portfolio
This would later allow me to prove my expertise’ to future employers.
Remember… I didn’t have a college degree and after the recession destroyed my business I was only 24 years old.
There’s not that many 24 year olds who make very much money. That’s the age at which most people start their career in crappy entry-level jobs post-college graduation.
I refused to accept that, especially considering that there were years between 21 – 24 that I was earning more than $45,000/year.
There’s no way I was going to accept some $30,000 job.
This is where my portfolio came in handy.
Since I had proof that I could get the job done and deliver results, I was an extremely attractive job candidate.
In my course, I explain the tricks (legitimate of course) I used to make my portfolio really stand out!
Within 30 days of shutting down my consultancy I landed a job with a multi-billion dollar oil company earning $45,000/year.
I was on my way!
4. I Built a Personal Brand
When you think about people like Donald Trump, Sean Combs or Oprah the first thought that comes to mind is a keyword.
For Donald Trump it’s “real estate mogul.” For Sean Combs it’s “entertainment mogul” and for Oprah it’s “media mogul.”
These individuals as well as countless others have established themselves as personal brands. A personal brand is important because a personal brand separates you from the rest of the pack.
The average person is extremely lazy. They say they want success. They say they want to make more money. They say they want the dream job, but most people aren’t willing to do what it takes.
Case in point: Up til now, I’ve included 4 references for you (the reader) to click-through to visit my course to take advantage of the 11 years worth of knowledge I’ve put into this class.
Sadly, my website analytics indicates that less than 5% of people who read this article actually click through.
That’s because most people don’t really have what it takes to go all the way to be successful.
Do you? if so, here’s your chance to prove it… Checkout my course if you truly want to change your life.
So here’s the thing… When I decided to build my personal brand, I decided that I wanted to become a thought-leader in education, employment, entrepreneurship and personal finance for Millennial’s and young adults.
In my course I explain exactly what I did to build my personal brand, get celebrity business leaders like Barbara Corcoran to endorse my book and how I got featured in major media publications like Forbes, Fox Business, Wired and The Huffington Post.
I’d love to give you all the juicy secrets in this article, but there’s just not enough time. This article would go on for an eternity, so you really are better off just checking out my course.
What’s interesting is that although I built a brand in a field that doesn’t match my career expertise’ of digital media marketing, the brand I built, the book I wrote, it’s endorsements and the media coverage I received was so impressive to future employers that it allowed me to get even better job offers than my last job and of course… Earn even more money!
The thing is this… Employers respect people who are remarkable (worthy of being remarked about). I’ve been remarked about by some of the biggest names in business as well as some of the most trusted media outlets, and as a result my personal brand is now connected to theirs. Employers respect this, and it has allowed me to command even better jobs with higher pay than I had before I built my brand.
True Story: I walked into a job interview a month ago and the person interviewing me said, “Wow! It’s such a pleasure to meet you. I see that you’ve published a book. I feel like I’m talking to a celebrity!”
No lie. Hand to God, this person told me that. I played it cool.
In case you’re wondering what my next plan is… I’m going to write an industry-specific book based on my career and go through the book marketing process all over again.
Since the next re-invention of my brand will focus more on my career field, it will make me even more highly regarded and you know what that means…
A better job and another 5-figure raise.
I’m sorry, but if you haven’t gotten excited about my success and envisioned yourself having the same or similar results by now then you haven’t been fully paying attention.
I urge you… Pause for a moment and click over to my course. Enroll now. I’m offering a discount for a limited time only, and I can only accept a limited number of new students, so I’d recommend you enroll a.s.a.p. before the discount is gone and the spots are filled.
5. I Job Hopped
It’s everything your mom and dad, guidance counselors and the so-called “career coaches” tell you to never do.
They’ll say it’s career suicide!
That’s total bullshit! Excuse my language.
In fact, remember that interview I was telling you about in the previous section? It was a 3-person interview. The first person who interviewed me was the human resources manager.
I asked her, “So I’m curious… do you have any concerns about my job history? If you pay close attention to my resume’ you’ll see that I have a different job every 1 – 2 years.”
She said, “Nope. I don’t have a problem with it all. In human resources, we’ve come to realize in recent years that the job market has evolved. A lot of people are taking on project-based work now and many people don’t stay at the same job for more than 1 – 3 years. I don’t have a problem with your job history at all. In fact, I think it’s great, because without the multitude of job experiences you’ve had, you wouldn’t have the diverse background and experience that you have today.”
So there you have it. Not only do employers not have a problem with job hopping, they actually embrace it!
As a side note, it’s important to mention that I haven’t actually job hopped. Not by choice at least. Due to economic issues I was laid off from the last 3 jobs I’ve had. I left all 3 jobs on great terms, with awesome reference letters and even a severance package in one case.
So here’s the thing… as the H.R. manager stated who interviewed me, job hopping is good because it allows you to gain more experiences. This allows you to diversify your skill-set which makes you more valuable to future employers.
The old school model of staying at the same job for 10, 20 or 30 years is actually a bad thing, and employers frown upon it.
The problem with this model is that the world moves so quickly now. Industries change and employers want to ensure that the people they hire are able to quickly adapt to those changes.
This is impossible when you’ve sat at the same desk, working for the same company, doing the same task day-in-and day out, year after year.
So in other words, believe it or not, having a new job every couple of years is actually a good thing.
The other thing, which is also more in-line with the “making more money” part of this discussion is that studies show that on average, employers that give annual raises only give a measly 3% max. This is peanuts! Even worse, most employers don’t actually give an annual raise at all!
All that being said, the only way you can actually get a raise in most cases is to get a new job. When employers need to fill a position, they are extremely money-motivated and as such they’re more than willing to pay top dollar to secure top talent.
If you follow the instructions in my course, you’ll position yourself as top talent and you’ll be well on your way to earning that 5-figure raise every year just as I have.
Here’s the disclaimer: I can’t guarantee your results will be the same as mine for obvious reasons. However, what I can guarantee is that if you take my course and follow my guidance, you will maximize your earning potential and position yourself to become unemployment proof!
With that in mind, stop wasting time!
Enroll in my course right away before the discount expires and spots are filled.
It’s also worth noting that I’m available to answer any of your career-related questions via the course dashboard.
I used to accept questions via the contact form on my website, but it became overwhelming and I had to limit this access to students only.
I hope you enjoy the course. I can’t wait to hear your success story.[/sociallocker]