Raises aren’t the only way to squeeze some extra money out of your employer. Make sure you are taking advantage of all your benefits and cash in those unused vacation days. But whatever you do, don’t leave money on the table!
No one actively wants to be known as the jerk of the office, but it’s those who don’t care whether or not they’re or not they’re labeled that way who tend to rise to the top. You can gripe about these folks and try to undermine them, or you can observe them and learn from them, using some of their skills in less audacious ways to improve your own standing.