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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 divulge mine?"

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