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Old 05-09-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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I'm looking for good advice from those who currently or have in the past been a hiring manager or have been involved in the process.

There is a job I'm applying for that I'd really like to acquire. I am mostly qualified for the job but am assuming there are many others who are as well, so I'd like to set myself apart in my cover letter/interview.

I am already employed at home (IT) with good health benefits but a low salary. However, the key is that I already have good health benefits and do not need the health benefits which the new job is offering.

In theory, if I were to work in the fact that I'm willing to forego these benefits if hired, would this make me more desirable for them or would potentially being added make little to no difference on the company's health policy premiums?

Or

I also know the salary for the job. Would it more desirable if I named a lower salary instead of the absense of health benefits?

Which is more desirable for the president of the company to acquire? Any other ideas of how to set myself apart in my cover letter? Thank you very much to any who reply.
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Old 05-10-2009, 04:43 AM
 
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In theory, if I were to work in the fact that I'm willing to forego these benefits if hired, would this make me more desirable for them or would potentially being added make little to no difference on the company's health policy premiums?
Depending on the plan, an employer may not legally be able to exclude you from a group plan. You could offer to sign an employment contract and not be classified as an "employee" of the company. You might want to be fairly vague in your letter but do state that the total compensation package is negotiable and discuss options in an interview instead of trying to second guess what may be the right alternative for the employer.
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Thanks for the advice. It's much appreciated. Good idea.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Don't sell yourself short like that.
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Old 05-10-2009, 02:01 PM
 
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It would depend on if you are heathly or not. A group plan full of old, sick and pregnant people needs participants that are paying in, but aren't old, sick or pregnant. (At least that's what I have been told anyway - in the case of smaller companies.)
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