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December 12, 2012 3:10 PM Subscribe
Help me talk about salaries to a potential employer! Snowflakes inside!
posted by fearnothing to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, I'm in the final year of my Forensic Computing degree and I've been throwing out a few feelers for jobs already. One came up on my radar for a company literally around the corner from my University - fantastic! I'd love to stay in the area. The company's a very small (half a dozen employees), highly versatile business involved in technology investigation and consulting (digital forensics, incident response, intellectual property rights and a few other things).
Today I had a phone call with the MD who outlined the kind of work they do on a day-to-day basis; it's extremely varied and calls for a lot of lateral and analytical thinking. There's no real routine because it's highly dependent on the contract they're working on at the time. He told me that up until now he'd recruited from industry, and that the current position was the first graduate he was looking for, so he still hadn't pinned down the position's salary.
He asked me to contact him with my CV (resumé) and a covering letter and said if I had a good idea of what ballpark figure a graduate like myself might expect, that I should include that too. I have a reasonable idea, but I want to make sure I'm not shooting myself in the foot by aiming for the moon (please excuse the mixing metaphors!).
- I have much more experience than most graduates, including 3 1/2 years in two different technical support roles and 1 year undergraduate placement as a forensic analyst
- I have expert witness training and have appeared in court as an expert witness
- I am getting excellent grades and if I miss a 1st class degree, it won't be by much
- The job is located in the North West of England.
- Both of us had just attended a talk by a manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers who described a similar role at PWC with a graduate salary of £32,000
- A similar company in the south of England, CCL Forensics, recruited a friend of mine with a 1st class Honours degree on a salary of £33,000
- The company in the North I did my placement at employs computer forensic examiners on a salary of approx £20,000 - but the position I am applying for requires a lot more flexibility and adaptability from the sound of it