Re: Job listings with demand for salary requirments

Subject: Re: Job listings with demand for salary requirments
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 20:01:17 -0500

On Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:38:57 -0500, John Allred <jack -at- allrednet -dot- com> wrote:

When a company lists a job and specifies that applicants must give
salary requirements in their applications, what are they fishing for?
Do you give them a figure, or simply move on to the next job listing? I can't figure how anyone would be willing to give away a negotiating
strategy before a company even expresses interest in them. Hmm. Maybe
I'm answering my own question.

The correct answer, "negotiable," won't fit into some website job-application forms.

If they want to start with price negotiation, I usually try to get them to tell me how much they are planning to pay. The rule of thumb is that the one who names a price first is the loser.

That approach has helped me save time by eliminating the NYC and DC jobs that want to pay $23 or worse an hour.
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