Hi all, I am new to this forum but need advice so I do not get fired. Hi all Ok this is a long question that will help me advance in my career or make me lose my job. I am 28 years old with a BA but my biggest problems seems to be that I look young. I look about 21. Some people say this is good but I am finding out that at the time it is not. I do not get the respect that I should. I live in upstate NY. It is a small town that the dealership is in. I graduated from a 4 year school with computer information systems BA. While I was looking for a job my cousin who works at an automotive dealership told me that there IT guy was fired recently. I then went to the dealership and gave them my resume and applied for the job. While I was there I met with the Gen. Sales Mgr. I was called a week later and offered the job. When he offered the job he said the pay was 575 a week. I was happy to just get a job at the time so I did not make a different offer of what I wanted. I took the job. The dealership has 4 major departments and 4 directors and the president. There sales, parts, service and the office staff. I am part of neither but for some reason because the Gen sales Man is the one who interviewed me and hired me there are people who think he is my boss. I was talking with him one time and he said he is not my boss and I am not part of his department but the recanted the statement and said he is my boss. This is all because I look young I feel. When I need to buy things for the dealership I go to the director of that department it is for and when it deals with the whole place I go to the president. So I do not go to the Gen Sales Mgr for everything as I would if I was part of his Dept. and he was my boss. At the dealership I am the IT manager. I have no other help. There is around 75 computers 2 Windows servers and a server called Ren. The Ren is a database server that is specific to automobile dealership. Ren is a completely new OS and App that I had to learn on my own. “It was not easy” When I started I was not left with anything and the last IT person was a salesman who had some knowledge of computers so the made him in charge. When I started everything was a mess. The network had no security and was far behind on updates and needed a lot. I take care of the phones the auto tech computers, printer, run cables, fix phone lines and install new ones and pretty much anything with electricity. I have now been at the company for over 2 years. I feel that I have done a lot of good here and can do good in the future. But I want some changes and would like to ask peoples options of if and how I should go about this. I would like 675 a week “100 more”. I would also like 2 weeks’ vacation “I get one right now, all managers’ start with 2”. I would also like to have control of myself and my own department. I do not want to report to the Gen Sales Mgr. The dealership is a relaxed work environment. I call the president by his first name as does everyone else. He is a big hunter and I will go and ask him how his hunt went when he returns from a trip. Talk about the trip. “Just to show that it is not a strict work environment. Now I am making under 30,000 a year. There are some salesmen who make over 60 and Sales Managers over 60,000 to 100,000 and the Gen Sales Manager probably close to 120,000 or more who knows. Staff at the part counters also some over 60,000$. Some of the salesmen and counter people are just out of high school with no collage and make a lot more than me. Some double. At the dealership if you do not make money on commission you do not make much at all. The president is very cheap when it comes to spending money. Even 10$ and he has one or more million I believe. For the area I live in that is very wealthy. The dealership is doing well I think. The president goes on over 10 trips world wide a year or more and Vacations. He took all the managers “sales manager, parts, service and directors on a trip to Costa Rica that cost around 300,000$” I need some advice on how I can ask for what I want. I am thinking I need to put it all in writing and then tell the president I want to setup a time to meet and talk with him. I am kind of worried when I ask to setup a time he will say let’s just talk now. They do not look at me as an important part of the dealership. But without my skills and daily task this place would have a very hard time running as smoothly as it does. One of my problems is that I am not very good at writing and do not think I will be able to put this all on paper and have it sound professional like it should. I am asking for help in 2 ways. Do my wants seem reasonable, and help with what I should say and how to go about asking for what I want. I do not want to make it seem as I am saying “give me this or else” I would like to negotiate if they are not willing to give me what I want but I would very much rather have what I listed above and not take anything less. At same time do not want to lose my job. Please help me all who have advice. Best would be with writing documentation and how to go about it.