Snowflake Salary Requirements
October 23, 2013 1:10 PM Subscribe
I've never held a full-time job, but I've held lots of positions that paid hourly or at a part-time rate during the last several years. How do I turn this into an honest figure for an automated application system that won't accept a blank or non-numerical response?
posted by anonymous to work & money (13 answers total)
(Apologies if there is a comparable Ask on this topic that I just couldn't find - "salary requirements"/"salary range" and similar phrases returned a host of results that didn't seem to apply here. Since I can't complete this application without providing some figure, advice about when or whether to disclose my salary history is also inapplicable.)
I went directly into a graduate program after undergrad. As noted above, I've never held a full-time job. I have been a teaching assistant and an adjunct instructor, but never for more than half-time at any one institution. I have recently been lucky enough to obtain a contract position that I like, am good at, and is related to my research which pays a handsome hourly rate, but it, too, is only part time (<20 hours a week).
I am applying for a position at a large, nonprofit organization that is very closely related to the contract work I've been doing. The organization has its own online application system. (Paper applications are not an option; contact information for HR is impossible to find online.) Base salary history is a required field. I can't move on to subsequent pages in the application system without entering a strictly numerical value on the first page. I did try to note my hourly rate as a contractor, but the system wouldn't accept "/hr," "per hour," etc.
How do I represent what I've been earning in a way that's honest without shortchanging myself? Is it acceptable to multiply my contractor rate by a 37.5-hour week and a 50-week year?
Anonymous because I'm ABD but having doubts/cultivating other options and I don't want this linked to my posting history.