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Old 11-18-2015, 07:07 AM
 
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The employer in a job I'm looking at is asking for a salary history in the application. I know why they do this - they want to screen out anyone who'd ask for too much. But I'm in the midst of a career change and I'm not looking for a job that pays what I used to get - nor will I likely be looking to get back to that level in the future (it's not realistic). I also know I probably wouldn't get that much for a job in this field.

How do I sidestep this question? I don't want my application to be rejected outright because of what I *used* to make, which realistically I won't get in this field. I'd prefer to give them a range I'm seeking. Is there a graceful way I can indicate my situation in my cover letter, or should I just include the salary range and be all "la la la I can't hear you" and not give my actual salary history?
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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It won't matter. A lot of places setup the salary field in the Applicant Tracking Software to automatically reject candidates who give too high of a number either in history or desired.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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My only suggestion is lie.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:19 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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My only suggestion is lie.
Give your take home rather than gross, that's not lying but has the same potential for a better outcome.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:10 AM
 
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Research average salaries for this new field so you have a ballpark number. Then include a range in your cover letter. Keep it short and simple:

"Per your request, I am seeking a salary in the range of $xx-XXX, negotiable based on specific job responsibilities and total compensation package".
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: United States
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Refuse to provide the salary history. There's no use except for them to minimize your earning potential based upon your past salaries. I highly recommend reading Nick Corcodilo's article regarding NOT disclosing salary history to potential employers.

If only more applicants would stand up against this I believe employers would stop this heinous practice. Those who given in and comply only weaken things for other American workers and thus share the blame for extending this kind of abuse.

Stand your ground and place the ball back into their court!
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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In the hiring process nowadays if you don't play ball and do whatever HR tells you they just deep 6 your app and declare you a "troublesome" candidate.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:28 AM
 
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I agree that one should not voluntarily provide salary history. But, some jobs specifically ask for it on the application. In these cases, the option is to either provide it or not apply for the job. OP will have to decide how much this opportunity is worth to him/her.
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Old 11-18-2015, 11:50 AM
 
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No, I don't need to lie. I already know what's a competitive salary in this field. I just don't want to mention how much I used to be making, because that is not what I'm seeking.

"It won't matter. A lot of places setup the salary field in the Applicant Tracking Software to automatically reject candidates who give too high of a number either in history or desired."

But I probably wouldn't be giving too high of a number in desired... that's my issue. I'd probably be a desirable candidate to them (salary wise) based on my desired range... but not on my salary history.
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Old 11-18-2015, 11:52 AM
 
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It won't matter. A lot of places setup the salary field in the Applicant Tracking Software to automatically reject candidates who give too high of a number either in history or desired.
Yeah, but that's not my problem really... my desired salary would likely be well within their "OK" range. My past salary wouldn't be. I just want to find a way to indicate to them (gracefully) that I am making a career change and not expecting salary based on my past earnings.
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