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what to put if job application mandates salary requirement?

should I put just the lowest number I'd accept? Should I pu fuckup06/13/17
Put in the amount you want. If you have a job, even if you " vohod06/13/17
feel underpaid, am already looking for a new job months late triplesix06/13/17
Might as well put the number you want. Never sell yourself s lawyer206/13/17
I'd put a number that's slightly above what you'd be satisfi flharfh06/13/17
Depends on the job and benefits. You can put a vague respons physicssezno06/13/17
Presuming it's an electronic application, I just put in 0000 dingbat06/14/17
In my experience, most employers know the market rate and wi mrtor06/14/17
I'm within my first year at my place. I'm straight out of sc posthocergoproptrhoc06/20/17
Agreed, I think that's the norm. The negotiation is one side mrtor06/21/17
Put in a range, but don't box yourself out. Also, if possib sjlawyer06/14/17
Never put in a range because they will take the lowest possi nighthawk06/21/17
The last time I had this come up, I looked up average salari elle30106/21/17
fuckup (Jun 13, 2017 - 1:27 pm)

should I put just the lowest number I'd accept? Should I put a range?

This would be for a 4 yrs experience ID position at a seemingly well-respected firm.

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vohod (Jun 13, 2017 - 1:49 pm)

Put in the amount you want. If you have a job, even if you "hate" it, you put the amount that will make you satisfied.

I did what you propose: a slightly bigger salary but not large, in order to "not be rejected." No surprise I am in a new firm that I "hate" and feel underpaid, am already looking for a new job months later.

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triplesix (Jun 13, 2017 - 2:04 pm)

feel underpaid, am already looking for a new job months later.

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Story of my life haha

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lawyer2 (Jun 13, 2017 - 2:00 pm)

Might as well put the number you want. Never sell yourself short. It's unlikely they'll call you back in this market anyway, lol.

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flharfh (Jun 13, 2017 - 2:24 pm)

I'd put a number that's slightly above what you'd be satisfied with to leave some room for negotiation.

I don't see any point in putting a range as you're just tying yourself to the bottom number.

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physicssezno (Jun 13, 2017 - 9:09 pm)

Depends on the job and benefits. You can put a vague response that indicates you expect a fair rate and would like to consider the overall offer. It really depends.

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dingbat (Jun 14, 2017 - 11:05 am)

Presuming it's an electronic application, I just put in 000000

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mrtor (Jun 14, 2017 - 12:24 pm)

In my experience, most employers know the market rate and will not deviate much from it. If you're interested in the job, I would not enter more than about $5,000 above your current salary. If you're just testing the waters, go wild and put in whatever you want.

Everyone on here always talks about "negotiating" their salaries. I would love to find out how common that really is. Around here, offers are usually firm. Absent a book of business or some other chip, such as very specialized experience in a niche area, there seems to be little bargaining power with which to negotiate. ID workers bees are easy to find and easy to replace.

Perhaps there is more divergence and uncertainty about compensation as experience increases?

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posthocergoproptrhoc (Jun 20, 2017 - 3:41 pm)

I'm within my first year at my place. I'm straight out of school. Another attorney with a couple of years of experience started around the same time i did. He bragged about how he negotiated his salary and played hardball. He's earning 5k more than I am. People loooove to say they are great at negotiating.

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mrtor (Jun 21, 2017 - 9:09 am)

Agreed, I think that's the norm. The negotiation is one sided until the applicant comes down to the original offer. What an impressive feat..

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sjlawyer (Jun 14, 2017 - 12:35 pm)

Put in a range, but don't box yourself out. Also, if possible, add "plus benefits." This gives you some wiggle room to suggest that a certain job might offer lesser benefits than you have now (or health ins that costs more, etc.) such that you would need a higher salary.

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nighthawk (Jun 21, 2017 - 12:04 pm)

Never put in a range because they will take the lowest possible as something you agreed to work for. Do your research and put something in that is a little higher than average. Never negotiate against yourself.

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elle301 (Jun 21, 2017 - 2:42 pm)

The last time I had this come up, I looked up average salaries in my area for my level of experience, added a premium of 10% for it being a niche area of law in which I had relevant experience, and considered the value of any benefits offered (there were none).

When I gave the number, I was shot down and not offered the job. FWIW, the guy is still trying to fill the position months later. I think you have to consider the value that you attach to your skills and time.

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