salary

a salary negotiation success story

A note from a reader to end the week and inspire you to negotiate your next job offer: I’ve been job searching for some time to get out of my current unfulfilling position. With your help, I wrote what I would say was a great cover letter, interviewed well, and was offered the job! The […]

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where’s the raise I was promised months ago?

A reader writes: This past May, I went to my manager to discuss a raise. I told her that I had been approached about two job opportunities that are paying about $15k more than what I’m making now. I’m happy in my role and not looking to make a change — and I told her […]

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staying in touch with old coworkers, how to help a lonely boss, and more

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go… 1. Are offers to stay in touch with old coworkers really sincere? I recently resigned from my first professional job post-university. I had been there nearly five years. Upon leaving, my manager and coworkers suggested things like “come back to visit sometime,” “feel free to drop by […]

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ask all your questions about the new overtime law here

Do you have questions about what the new overtime law will mean for you? There’s a round-up of reader questions about this below, and you’re welcome to leave your own questions in the comments; I’ll try to answer as many as I can. First, a quick recap: As of December 1, if you earn less […]

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the first state has made it illegal to ask about salary history

Massachusetts has made it illegal for employers to ask job candidates what they’ve earned in the past. The state’s new pay equity law, which was signed last week and goes into effect next summer, makes Massachusetts the first state in the U.S. to ban asking about salary history. The step is a victory for job […]

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I think I completely messed up this salary negotiation

A reader writes: I had an first-round interview for a job yesterday that went very well until they asked, “So, are you willing to be flexible on salary? Because we have to be honest, your desired salary is significantly higher than what we’ve budgeted for.” I’ve since done my research (which, admittedly, I should’ve done […]

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I guessed at a salary range for a job, overshot, and got rejected

A reader writes: After applying for a position, the hiring manager (who would also be my supervisor) emailed me saying that she wanted to interview me and asked me about my salary expectations. I researched average salaries for the position ($53k) and got back to her expressing my interest in the position, suggesting a few […]

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