Jim Hopkinson is an author, writer, and speaker living in New York City. His focus is on career development for the new economy, showing how new media, technology and branding are changing how people look at their career and lifestyle. Read more...
There are two takeaways that John (or anyone) can learn from this experience.
1) He is even more motivated to contribute in his first year on the job, and is excited for his annual review. What happened with his initial salary situation shouldn’t have a significant impact on future earnings. In fact, with a year of achievement under his belt, he may even be able to use it to his advantage.
He could reveal that he learned that he had undervalued himself during hiring, but chose to stick to his word and prove himself on the job. At that point, he can then delve back into his research and make the case for a larger increase to get back on track.