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July 13, 2006


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As an employer I would respect you for your honesty, but the tone is solid. This would lead me to believe you will not bend at all, even for other perks or negotiations that would eventually leave you above your mark.

Because of this I would probably move to the next application. Unles your oral presentation was better than the written.

My recommendation would be to *not* share current salary, only expected salary. One of the most common ways companies have of determining how much to offer is to take your current salary and add 3% (or whatever). This is ridiculous. As soon as you tell them what you're making now, you've lost the game. Frankly, it's notb.

One thing to be aware of with headhunters -- typically if you tell *them* your salary, they give this info to the hiring company, but they will typically not let you know they've done this. The headhunter's goal is to get the company to give you an offer high enough that you'll take it, but no higher, lest they risk you not getting an offer, and them not getting their commission.

I would immeditely turn the tables and ask what the salary range is for the position. Make their high end your low end as a reply.

Isn't it a shame we even have to play this game?

A company is willing to pay $X for a job - they should state that right up front OR provide a range if there are variables. Period.

Hi, I don't know if anyone can help me. I'm applying for a temporary position (maternity cover)of Inventory Assistant at the Household of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. In the advert they ask only a covering letter and cv, and to say my salary expectation. I have a good background, but not a huge experience in this specific context (I mean I worked for museums and historic house, gaining experience also in the documentation field). I have a rough idea of how much a typical wage is for these kind of roles, but I really don't know how to express this on my covering letter.
Please, I need some help!!

Sara --

Since they ask for it, I would state it outright in a simple sentence. Is that what you're looking for? Or maybe you need the exact words?

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