Navigating Salary History and Salary Requirements

Many candidates look at a request for salary history or salary requirements and see an opportunity to share what they believe they’re worth. But disclosing specific numbers is tricky business and should not be taken lightly. Consider that although an ad lists the position responsibilities, you won’t know the full scope of duties until you are interviewed. When you step into a hiring manager’s shoes, you recognize that an unfavorable response to salary history or requirements can disqualify you from consideration.

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Focusing on the Needs of the Decision Maker to Get the Job You Want

by Don Straits, CEO and Dragon Slayer, Corporate Warriors, as published on careerbuilder/msn.com

All too often the job seeker is focused on what he or she is looking for in a job (i.e. income, benefits, location, function, responsibilities, title, stature, drive time, industry, and corporate culture). On the other hand, hiring executives have an entirely different set of standards for what they are seeking in candidates. If you, as a job seeker, fail to recognize the difference, you will be history in terms of being the candidate of choice.

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Earn What You’re Worth
by Nicole Williams with Cheri Hanson

Williams’ targets this engaging book at female professionals, but anyone interested in earning more money and respect will take something away from it. Career seekers or entrepreneurs will learn how to make sacrifices that will blossom into long term financial gain. Her company, Wildly Sophisticated Media, reflects her bold, passionate attitude toward investing and finances. “The greatest stock you’ve got is you,” she writes. Williams cautions that money never creates worth or buys happiness and urges professionals to assume full responsibility for their finances

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Q. A friend got me an interview with this company I really want to work for. My friend told me to expect behavioral interview questions. What does that mean, and what should I expect/do?

A. In a behavioral interview, the interviewer will ask you to remember or describe a time when something was required of you. They will want to know about the incident and how you responded. This allows them to gage how you might respond in the future when presented with similar circumstances.

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