@MissMushkila RE: What to call her: between the melodramatic performance and need to point out her belief in her own superior capability, she sounds like a bit of a megalomaniac to me.
I've been asked how I did on the writing portion of the GRE before in an interview (they knew I had gone to grad school). I told them my score, but that ended up being a moot point when the question turned into a discussion about how ridiculous the GRE and its grading system is.
@RiffRandell That's a great idea! Also, I would recommend saving any e-mails from clients who express fervent thanks or compliment your work or professional manner. The proof is in the pudding.
A character in season 4 of Wilfred (U.S. version) makes her living via gastronomic voyeurism. $9,000 a month though? Wow.
@RiffRandell I always ask at my annual review. Generally I can expect a 2-3% pay increase based on cost of living, but I always shoot for an extra merit-based 1% on top of that. Also, even if you are as mediocre as you claim, showing your bosses solid numbers can make you look stellar even if you think you really aren't. For example, have you ever stayed late, even 15 minutes? Completed a project a day early? Suggested a work-related improvement that was put in place and proved successful in saving your company money or time? Even the smallest things add up, and can be brought to the table as evidence of you deserving a raise (they are also easy to forget, which is why I keep a log of them in my personal files). And if the answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT, you can always ask for a title upgrade instead, which can help you in applying for future jobs. ETA: To directly answer your question, I wouldn't ask for a raise earlier than a year into a job, unless you a) took on a large project or daily task that was handed down by a superior in addition to your regular duties or b) was called on to replace a superior if they quit or took long-term leave (i.e. you are trained for a position above your own & it costs them nothing extra to have you do the job when they're in a bind). The second one happened to me, and resulted in a substantial pay increase which wouldn't have happened had I not made the case for it at my next annual review.
@WayDownSouth Exactly. And it doesn't have to just be money-related: I keep a document in my personal file at work that I update every week with my work-related accomplishments and initiative (completed projects, proposed improvements that led to real outcomes, times I've offered to come in early for no extra wages, etc.). I brought it to my last annual review discussion, and walked out with a pay increase AND a title upgrade.
I'm enrolled in two Coursera courses right now, both of which are loosely related to my career field. Coursera has come out with a new program where you not only get a certificate, but it comes with absolute proof you were the person who took your assessments (they time and record how you type, then you have to type the same thing every time you sign in, sort of like matching your signature). When I'm done with the courses, I plan to put them on my LinkedIn along with links to the certificates, and use them in future job interviews as an example of my continued interest in expanding my knowledge of the field. I have no idea whether it'll be pay off career-wise in the end, but it's relatively low-cost ($40-50 for the new program) and interesting so I see no reason not to give it a try.
@bgprincipessa If you plan to work in corporate librarianship, I would say yes, go for it. Otherwise, I don't think it's expected. My experience has been that librarians are generally a pretty easygoing bunch when it comes to formal dress code.
When I was in the service industry, I was always happy to see $0 paychecks because it meant I had made enough in tips that month to have all my hourly wage go toward taxes. I think I made about $4 an hour, with a 25-cent increase when I was made a supervisor. I can understand why this group wants the sub-wage eliminated; depending on what service you do, your wages can really fluctuate month-to-month. Example: in my best month I made over $2700, working around 50 hrs/wk. In my worst month, I made less than $300, working the same amount of hours. For someone who has none or little in savings, that one bad month can be a catastrophic hit.
My 1 Thing is to call my alma mater's payroll office to make sure I get my W-2 from them. I ended my employment there in late January 2013, so I am afraid it will somehow be overlooked, they will have the wrong address on file, etc. Never too early to get started on taxes (I guess)...