Shallow But Effective Ways To Get A Raise

These are the secrets to getting raises and promotions.
These are the secrets to getting raises and promotions.

Everyone knows it's a tough economy, but some workers are still thriving and getting ahead. What's to explain the divergent destinies of American workers? Employers and human resource professionals often cite workers' superior education, experience and skills.

But you may suspect that other reasons are at play--and you'd be right. AOL Jobs has combed through the research and uncovered four major reasons why some people seem to have all the luck in getting what they want.