SALARY HISTORY : TO TELL OR NOT TO TELL, THAT IS THE QUESTION .

At some point whether it be during your job search or during the interview process you may be asked your salary history, how much you currently make or how much you previously made. Should you spill the beans ? and if not , how do you avoid the question ? 

If you do decide to tell , it may help to  find out why the hiring manager is asking the question. There maybe two reasons for this the hiring manager might be using  your past salary to figure out your market value or to see what your salary expectations are.

Of course if you do give away your salary history it gives the employer room for negation and you have revealed your cards straight away. If you can try to avoid putting in your salary when applying for a job it doesn’t mean you are ignoring the question if you put a dash in the box it shows you have seen it and if the employer is interested in your experience and skills rather than just your salary history or expectations they will give you a call.

Of course this strategy could back fire and the employer may not call at all and they may decide to contact somebody who has filled out the information. My view on this would be do you really want to work for a company that just focuses on how much money you want and not your actual qualifications.

Some people when asked for their salary history or expectations tend to lie . It is important to remember here if you do decided to give away your salary history or expectations to tell the truth. When ringing for references employers can give away what your current or present salary was , so in this case always tell the truth and remember there is always room for negotiation at the interview anyway.

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