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!
52. Who's telling your salary?
With the advent of investigative services that help employers dig into a job candidate's background, people face the risk that
confidential information will hurt their ability to negotiate a good job offer. Companies routinely use such services to check
your work history, your references, your criminal record, your credit rating and, sometimes, your salary history. Once a company
knows what you're earning, you lose your negotiating edge because the company can base a job offer on your old salary rather
than on what you're really worth.
If you want a challenge, try this. The next time you're ready to accept a new job,
tell the company you will sign the job offer and any associated confidentiality agreements if they will reciprocate by signing
an agreement stating they will keep your compensation information strictly confidential and never divulge it to anyone.
Companies don't want employees divulging confidential information -- now or in the
future -- that could impede a company from profiting from its secrets. Why should an employer be free to divulge salary
information -- now or in the future -- that would hamper your efforts to cut the best compensation deal possible?
What's good for the goose should be good for the gander. Who's telling your salary?
you disclose your salary history
when an employer asks?
there a legitimate way to keep your
salary history confidential?
Your Salary Under Wraps
to say NO when employers demand your salary
history, to make them say
YES to higher job offers.
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