7 questions to ask yourself before asking for a raise

March 17, 2014

Thinking about asking for a raise? Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about seven questions to ask yourself first, to make sure that you’ve positioned yourself as strongly as possible for a yes, including: When was my last raise? Do I know what the market value is for my work? Am […]

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how much money do you make, part 2

February 7, 2014

When I asked people last week to anonymously share how much money they make, I had no idea that we’d get nearly 2,000 responses. A lot of people suggested putting the data in a spreadsheet or other format that would allow us to group it by categories or otherwise make it more useful. This is […]

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should you ever negotiate salary through email?

February 4, 2014

A reader writes: I am in the midst of negotiating salary for a new position. My sister recently completed a salary negotiation through email, and suggested I do the same. We are in slightly different situations, as she accepted an offer from an academic institution and my potential employer is a private sector company. What […]

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how to avoid giving employers your salary history

January 29, 2014

Speaking of salary, as we were in that last post: It’s annoying as hell to be asked to give your salary history when applying for a new job, and it’s no secret that employers use that information to figure out what salary you’re likely to accept from them – which puts candidates in an unfair […]

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how much money do you make?

January 29, 2014

That’s a pretty crass headline, isn’t it? Which is exactly the point. People don’t like to be asked what they make, and so it’s hard to find real-world information about what jobs pay, tailored to a particular industry and geographic level. Online salary websites are often inaccurate, probably because they generally don’t account for the […]

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can I ask about salary before flying out of state for a job interview?

January 16, 2014

A reader writes: I have a friend who is going to be traveling out of state for a job interview, over 1,000 miles away. We were discussing whether or not it was appropriate for him to inquire about the salary range before he makes the trip. He thinks it would be inappropriate, but I believe […]

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don’t make these 8 mistakes when negotiating salary

January 15, 2014

Unless you’re different than 99.3% of the population, you love getting a job offer but hate negotiating salary. The process is fraught with worries that you’ll ask for a number that’s too low or too high, that the employer will try to lowball you in their offer, or that you won’t even know how to evaluate […]

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can an employer change your rate of pay retroactively and make you pay back the difference?

November 25, 2013

A reader writes: My boyfriend and I are really concerned at this moment. Three months ago, his company told him they were giving him a raise of $1.50/hour. This also came with the burden of working two locations a week. However, just today, they “realized they made a mistake” and that at his position, he’s […]

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the salary I was offered was a bait and switch

November 12, 2013

A reader writes: I have been talking to another department about an internal move. When I first talked to the hiring manager, he told me the pay would be $83K with 10% bonus. (I am currently making $54k.) When I saw the offer letter yesterday, it was for $70K with 4% bonus. The explanation I […]

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can I include the value of my benefits when I talk about my current salary?

October 3, 2013

A reader writes: I have an interview tomorrow and they’ve asked me to fill out the job application, as well as print two copies of my resume. On the application, it asks for my salary history. I’m reluctant to give this out because I’m afraid they’ll try to lowball me for an offer. I accepted […]

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