Careers Slideshow: 10 Things to Tell Your CEO When You're Looking for A Raise

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 10-25-2011

10 Things to Tell Your CEO When You're Looking for A Raise

I Keep the Network SecureThe fact is, without you, the network wouldn't be safeguarded from the slings and arrows of cybercriminals, and the company would be put at risk. Make sure your CEO understands that.

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My Team Manages Employee IssuesYour CEO might not have a firm grip on all the troubles that cross your desk every day. From simple issues (such as broken laptops) to really dangerous ones (such as a stolen smartphone), you're putting out fires every day.

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I Know How to Keep Costs Within BudgetWith the economy the way it is, keeping all your costs down is extremely important. But you already know that. In fact, you've done a great job over the past couple of years keeping your budgets in line with your CFO's pre-determined figures. Fill the CEO in on that little detail.

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I Find the Best Products Out ThereYour CEO probably takes his or her brand new Lenovo laptop or iPhone for granted. Make sure the CEO knows that if it weren't for you, he or she might be sitting in the C-suite with an outdated computer and smartphone.

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I Improve ProductivityIf there is anything that your CEO cares about, it's getting the most out of products for the least cost. What your CEO might not realize is without your hard work, companywide productivity simply wouldn't be what it is today. You provide the products, solutions and support that are integral to employee productivity.

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I Keep Our Data Safe Your job is to safeguard company data from cybercriminals, including malware, hacks, and much more. There's plenty of material available on how much data breaches can cost a company. Make sure your CEO knows that your security choices save the company boatloads of cash.

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I Prepare Us For the FutureWhen it comes to strategy, your CEO is always looking to the future. But what he or she might not know is that you have a roadmap in place to determine your company's future technology investments. And all those investments, from cloud solutions to smartphones, are integral in the success or failure of your company. Your CEO should know that.

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I'm An Ambassador One of the key roles of a CIO is to be an ambassador throughout the company. As you know, it's not enough to simply get into work, focus on technologies, and go home. Show that you're always trying to improve business at every level.

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I Evaluate Competitive ThreatsAlthough you might not be so involved in the sales side of your company, you are heavily involved in competition. In fact, a key component in your job is evaluating the technology decisions made by your competitors to see if they pose a threat to your business. Be sure to demonstrate to your CEO that you know how to stay a step ahead.

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Slide 10: I'm Involved In Recruitment and MarketingCIOs are to engaging in many activities touched by tech. For example, you might be managing your company's LinkedIn page, which has elements of recruitment and marketing. You might also be monitoring your company's Facebook and Twitter pages to ensure they are secure. You wear many hats nowadays. And you deserve to be compensated for that.

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