Wrong tree on that one : ). Didn't get affiliated with union until literally two weeks ago. The companies I've worked for, I'm with my 6th, have either heard about me and offered a job or I walked in straight off the street with a resume and told them if they hired me they wouldn't regret it. No network, just a lot of will and determination. I'm settled in now with this one for awhile though, sometimes you have to put your time in with less than ideal spots to get to the company you want.
I'm not trying to bust anyone's ba11s here, trying to figure out what you're worth is legit and Kobe pointed out some of the ways to do that/ how to make more money. The idea that kills me is that people should just get paid based on the idea that we should all get paid good money. For example, if a new guy is hired for say $12 an hour and is there for 2 years but hasn't progressed in any way should he make more money, no. Even unions are based on the idea that the more time you put in the more SKILLED you are, is that how it always plays out, no but it should. I've worked with techs that complained that since they came to work everyday and had been somewhere for 3 years that they should be due a raise. If you aren't providing any more value to the company why should showing up and doing your job warrant a raise, I mean congrats on keeping up your end of the bargain but that's what you are supposed to do or you get fired.
Now if you make improvements in your skill set and knowledge, then go in there and lay it out how you've progressed and that you should get a raise because you have gained value, if they don't agree test the market, if other companies are offering more tell your boss, if he won't move on it then you should. I'm not talking about a $1-2 raise here but things that are significant, $4+ with additional perks and benefits.