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November 9, 2012 2:39 AM Subscribe
What's the consensus on a response to the dreaded "Salary Requirements" question in a job posting? I've looked around AskMeFi and have seen a variety of responses, ranging from "Don't answer that!" to "Tell them what you want to make." Specificity and individualism await within.
posted by OHSnap to Work & Money (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I currently work at a non-profit where, although highly valued by my agency, I am over-qualified (and underpaid) and work a difficult schedule. This is mostly balanced by a deep love for the organization, its people, and its mission, and excellent health insurance and benefits, which are very important to me. However, those crappy hours are beginning to affect my health and personal life.
Along comes a job posting for another highly-respected institution, for which I am preparing a resume and cover letter. The posting asks for my salary requirements, but also lists a salary range. The top of that range represents about a 20% pay cut for me, but the job would have much better hours, and would use my skill set more fully. (I don't know at this point how the benefits stack up.)
I'm somewhat neutral towards the mission of the new agency. Let's say it would be going from social services to a museum. It's a valued and respected institution, yes, but doesn't feel as rewarding to me on the surface.
Other pertinent facts: I already took a 40% pay cut to take my current job, but the economy in 2009 played a role in that. I have two advanced degrees, and the job in the posting would have me making considerably less than I made fresh out of grad school ten years ago.
So, do I take the advice of some who say to just put "I'm open to negotiation" and wait for the offer? Do I give my own range, which starts at their top number but could price me out of an interview? Or do I put down their top number and wait for negotiations once I see the total compensation package?