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RE: Employment question [3:1340] posted 02/09/2001
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 The companies goal => Pay you as little as they can
 Your Goal => To get paid as much as possible.

 The employer can interview you (several times), test you, do background
checks or verify your past employment. All without seeing any proof of past
salary. They can give various reasons for wanting to know how much you made
but we all know that they mainly will use it in ascertaining what salary to
offer you. All the rest is dubious. I am not naive, I know the question will
often be asked. But you should have the right to not answer it without being
eliminated from the hiring process. I have known of several people who have
increased their pay by 50%-100% by NOT disclosing a past salary....

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