If I were your current employer, a request for a boost in income or benefits might be a little bit of a red flag after so little time. If you are going to do that, I would work my butt off for the next couple of months and try it then.
I'm actually up for a review next month for a raise. I've decided that no matter what I'm going to stick it out until that and see how that goes before I get too serious about looking elsewhere.
I'm the head of HR for a large employer. One move after 6 months (or after your raise review) to a new job as long as it's closer would not phase me a bit as long as you stay at the second job a year at least and probably two. It's easy to explain in todays day and age with gas prices where they are. Frequent and repeated job changing is a sure sign that I won't hire someone, but once isn't all that big of a deal. One question you will face is why did you take it in the first place when the price of the commute probably was similar at that time. It's perfectly acceptable to say "I needed to pay the rent." As for your review, if they don't come through for you (and you feel like you've busting your hump and deserve it) then respond with either "well I appreciate the 'small' raise but I was really hoping for 'X.' i know my commute isn't your problem but it's become a big problem for me." (Choose a number for X that is appropriate)
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