Your real competition isn't some job hunter off the street. It's the candidate who was
coached by The Headhunter. Use The Headhunter's insider perspective to your advantage;
don't let it sneak up and bite you!
35. Go pound salt.
Fearing lawsuits over the inappropriate dissemination of private information, human resources departments will not
divulge a past employee's salary to a caller who is checking references. In other words, HR recognizes that your salary history
is private and confidential.
When you apply for a job, HR thinks nothing of demanding your entire salary history.
If you won't divulge this private information, many companies won't even accept your application for a job.
Go figure. Or, tell the next HR manager who demands private, confidential information
to go pound salt: "If you won't divulge a past employee's salary information because it's so sensitive, why should I
For more on this topic, see Keep Your Salary Under Wraps
in The Headhunter Articles.
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