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How do you answer the desired salary question on an application?
Career / 4:28 PM - Sunday May 22, 2011

how do you answer the desired salary question on an application?

I've never worked before.. I'm a recent college grad applying for a marketing assistant position..

- Asked by rebelparadigm, A Rebel, Male, 26-28, Los Angeles, Student

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I use two sets of whole numbers separated by a hyphen.

- Response by llafsroh, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Boston, Science / Engineering

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put open

- Response by rantingmadman, A Rebel, Male, 36-45, Cincinnati, Transportation

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yeah- this is one of the biggest games you need to master in your professional career.

Write in:
Negotiable
or
Competitive
or
Open

You need to figure out what the salary range is for the position. This is a game and the person who names a number first usually weakens their negotiating position.

But given you do not have any work experience you do not really have any bargaining power.

Google salary negotiation and leverage and strt learning the game

- Response by A Thinker, Female, 29-35

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Research what the average starting salary is in your profession. Then add some more to it being careful not to go too low or too high.

If you add too little, that would make you cheap; if you add too much, that would make you more interested in the money, than the job.

Either way, that would affect your hiring in a negative way.

- Response by size008, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 66 or older, New York, Retired

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"Negotiable."

Also, do some research in advance of the interview so that you'll have a good idea what the range is for that position in your area. That will make you better able to discuss and negogiate when the time comes.


- Response by uniquelyme2, A Creative, Female, 46-55, Artist / Musician / Writer

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google "medical products marketing average salary columbus, o.", or "interior design marketing assistant average salary, portland, or.", or "hotel marketing associate salary, tampa, fl.", and see what you find.

- Response by two469, An Alternative Girl, Female, 18-21, Seattle, Science / Engineering

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I never liked that question and dodged it by putting

To be discussed
or
Going rates

- Response by englishrose4945, A Life of the Party, Female, 66 or older, Miami, Alternative Medicine

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http://www.payscale.com /salary-calculator

- Response by atuin, A Sweet Sarah, Female, 22-25

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I always put down "Scale to start. Raises based on merit and profiability". -Gulliver

- Response by stick4013, A Creative, Male, 66 or older, Artist / Musician / Writer

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