Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Downplaying your past worth

What a wackidoo mess we are in! Employment gurus JT O’Donnell and Dale Dauten are giving advice on how to answer the question on your past salary.

You may have made a ton before, but now tons are not to be had, so saying you made a lot can make the interviewer think you are just considering the job as a stopgap.

JT advises not to lie—they might check. I would say that is doubtful, but lying never ends well.

Dauten says to say, “If I don’t say a number, will that put me out of contention?” If they say yes, then say, “OK, but don’t hold it against me.”

THEN say, “I would rather have a job I love than to lose out because of my past salary, which was much different circumstances, anyway.”

Put the best face on it.

I would say, “Ah, good times, I used to make a lot and spend time at two-martini lunches, but those are gone, too.” Make a light remark.

But that’s just me.

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