Performance evaluations and how to get a raise

Performance evaluations and how to get a raise

I figured that getting a raise is a poor skill -- the more money, the better (i.e. the more goes to credit cards), right? ;)

I've been working at my firm for about two months as a Paralegal (initially started working there as a receptionist, and was promoted in mid- to late October), and we have our yearly evaluations coming up. While I'm confident that my work is up to par and even beyond expectations for someone who came in with no experience and only a semester and a half of school under her belt, I'm still nervous about it. :) My fears derive not from the critique of my work, but for other reasons:

- First, I'm still being paid a receptionist's salary. When I was promoted, my office manager said that I would get a pay raise after my evaluation; considering the job market and how difficult it is to get any paying job, I took it enthusiastically. I'm currently being paid about $25k per year working as a corporate defense paralegal, which I understand is ridiculously low. They're making out. ;) However, I'm not sure how to ask for a pay raise that's both commensurate with my experience and work, and that wouldn't be too outrageous? Help...?

- Second, I'm not even sure what to expect at this evaluation. I know they'll go over the work I've done and my improvements, they'll let me "brag" about myself to some extent, and that they'll likely call my supervising attorney(s) in to tell their pieces. I'm confident that all this will lead to a positive evaluation, but this will be my first one, so what should I expect? What have your evaluations been like? (This doesn't even have to be law-field specific, either. I just want to know about any evaluations you've had at your job!)
I'm really excited about all this, since I'll likely get a raise that will match what I'm able to do. I'm just kind of nervous, and looking for any advice. If you have anything else you want to share about yearly evaluations, for the benefit of myself and others on this board, please share! Anything would be helpful right about now! :)

Thank you, and have a very happy and prosperous New Year!
And a big eff yoo to Winter >:[

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