I love your advice about giving recruiters my salary target instead of my salary history. I am actively job-hunting and I got three messages from recruiters last week. All of them asked for my salary history and I gave them my salary target the way you suggested.
One of the recruiters said "I need your salary history or I can't work with you" and I said "Buh-bye, in that case!" and that was that. The other two recruiters were fine with my salary target, which is very reasonable for the kind of work I do.
My problem is that when I apply for a job using an online job application, they require my salary history. What should I do in that case?
Online job applications are a waste of time. There are better ways to get a job, but if you really want to fill out online job applications, here's how to handle the Salary History question.
Every time the job application wants to know your salary history — that is, every time you describe one of your past jobs — use the same salary number.
Use your current salary target.
If your current salary target is $48K, put the figure $48,000 in the application form every time the form asks for the starting and ending salary at each of your past jobs.
The first time you enter the number $48,000 into the form, copy it so that you can paste it into the application form again every time you write about one of your past jobs. Going all the way back to the beginning of your career, report a starting and ending salary of $48,000 for each job you've held.
By the time you are finished recording your work history you will have pasted the number $48,000 into the form numerous times. That's okay.
The first time the application form gives you a chance to type freely either in a comment box, the "cover letter" section of the form or the section of the application you would use if you were going to write about another employer you used to work for, type these words:
All salary figures reported in this application reflect my current salary target.
This way, you can truthfully state that everything in the application form is complete and correct before you submit it.
All the employer needs to know is your salary target. They want to make sure that they can afford you. They don't need to know what you earned before, and many employers don't really care. If they have a job opening that pays in the high forties and you are looking for $48,000 in salary, they will interview you for the job.
Try out Pain Letters and other job search methods before you apply for any more jobs via online applications, which have a horrendous success rate — but if you do go the
All the best,
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