This is your pal Tom on the other side. I hope that this letter finds you in the peak of the health. I was very happy to hear that you have successfully acquired the Masters degree in the field which you have always wished to. I would like to make you aware of the fact that the same feat has been accomplished on my part as well. The Masters degree does wonders for the resume and the person suddenly looks very qualified.
I tried to exploit this feature of the Masters degree by demanding a high salary from the firm where I work in and the response was tremendous. I was told to quote the salary and as usual I went greedy, much to my advantage. I know you are very shy in these matters. But, try to overcome your shyness and demand the salary hike. Wishing you all the best,