Monday, March 09, 2009

job search notes: withhold your salary history

Very interesting discussion in this article and the associated comments. Be sure to read them all the way through. Well worth it.

One of the most popular articles on asktheheadhunter.com is Keep Your Salary Under Wraps. The advice is simple: Don’t disclose your current salary or your salary history when a prospective employer asks you for it.

The reason is also simple: When you disclose your salary information, your negotiating leverage is gone. Your salary history is not any employer’s business. Always decline to disclose, politely but firmly. No matter what they say, no matter what they threaten. In fact, be ready to walk away if they don’t back off. It’s not worth talking to a company that insists on having your salary info.

You have permission to go and review the full article and comments. Please come back and let me know if you agree with Nick.