You’ve been earning the same salary for a while now (maybe you’ve received a two percent cost-of-living raise for the last year or so), and you’re ready for a change. You work hard, you show up every day, and you’re ready for a paycheck that reflects your growth and the steady rise in your competence and contributions.But if you’re like most of us, the thought of marching into your manager’s office and asking directly for what you need makes you a little shaky. The possibility of a rejection or a dismissal pushes you to reconsider your circumstances; maybe you can skim by a little longer on your current paycheck…after all, plenty of people are getting by on less every day, right? And maybe if you just sit patiently at your desk and keep working hard without complaint, karma may kick in and the system will automatically move you forward when the time is right…Right?Not so much. Your employers benefit when you sit with your hands folded, so if you wait for your boss to come to you, you may be waiting for a very long time. Instead, gather your courage, overcome the obstacles that are standing in your way, and get this done. Here are a few tips that can take you where you need to go.