Re: Job listings with demand for salary requirments

Subject: Re: Job listings with demand for salary requirments
From: Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2011 22:01:23 -0800

IMO, this is going to come across as an applicant trying to educate the
hiring manager even before the interview, and will probably be off-putting
even to someone who isn't trying to lowball. I would delete everything
between the first and last sentence and say something like:

The Society for Technical Communication salary survey (URL)
indicates that the average rate for an experienced writer in
(REGION) is $(NUMBER) a year. This would be a good
starting point for discussions regarding compensation.

Everybody knows that "discussion" means the same thing as "negotiation,"
but let them be the ones to decide that that's what they're doing. At this
point, your only objective is to reassure them that your minimum
requirement is not 2X their budget. The time to convince them that you are
actually worth 2X their budget is after you get yourself in the door for
the face-to-face.

A good general rule is to never use the phrase "you should" in a job
interview discussion except in reply to a direct question from the
interviewer asking what you think they should do about something.

Gene Kim-Eng

On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 5:53 PM, Sandy Harris <sandyinchina -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:

> This will drive away anyone who is just looking for the cheapest
> solution,which is good.

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