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I make it a rule to never specify my current or target salary range when
asked by recruiters/interviewers. It just gives them an advantage in the
I broke my own rule recently, for a job that was attractive because it's
much closer to home than my current Silicon Valley position. I figured the
difference in commuting time/distance might be worth $2-3k. When the hiring
manager told me that her company paid salaries "competitive" with Silicon
Valley, but could only offer me 25% less than my current salary, I just had
to laugh. That much less is certainly not competitive.
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