Post # 1
I’m applying for jobs, and I’ve been wondering something. On a job application, where you are supposed to write in your expected compensation, is it better to write minimum wage and risk only being paid minimum wage, or to write a higher number and risk not being hired? If they couldn’t pay you as much as you wanted, would they just tell you that, or would they not hire you? When I worked at Target, I said I only wanted minimum wage and I started at 25 cents above that.
Post # 3
Can you put a range? That’s generally what I try to do.
Post # 4
I am assuming this is an hourly job? I would put negotiable.
Post # 5
Normally I wouldn’t put expected salary unless they clearly state it on an application. Then I would say “Open”
Otherwise, I would normally place my salary expectations in my cover letter.
Post # 6
@shoeaholic: It sounds like its an actual application and not a cover letter/resume situation with salary.
OP? Is this correct?
Post # 7
@lefeymw: Yes that’s right.
Post # 8
I always put “Open” or “Negotiable” unless it requires a number (I hate it when they do that and I’ve had a few lately that did).
If they require a number, I do some research to try to determine what the average salery for the position is and put something slightly above that.
Post # 9
@Mrs.KMM: I hate that too 🙁
I usually just put “at least $8.00/hour” (minimum wage in California), but I hadn’t thought of putting open or negotiable…that might be better.