stick with what you are doing. The job market out there is tough and you might not even get considered if you put higher then what they are asking. If your brother hasn't looked for a job in this market he probably doesn't know or understand. I say that because I've had numerous comments from people who are retired or haven't had to look for a job in this market and their comments have been downright stupid.
I also recommend seeing if your company is listed on glassdoor.com. It's a site where people anonymously rate employers and can also list their salary for their job title. That way you can find out what they are paying existing employees. I've found it very useful! 2 of my last 3 employers were listed on there. It's worth a look!
I always put 'negotiable' on the form. If they press me, I usually state something above what I expect/ranges for my area, and then state I am negotiable. Until we interview, I think it's unprofessional on their part to ask. But of course, most business do, so nothing to do about it anyway! Once you're in the interview, and things are going well on both sides, and it's the appropriate time to talk salary, then I would actually talk real numbers and start the negotiation process. Until then, I don't feel comfortable locking in a number. If the job is perfect and the place is great, I may take less than originally planned. If the place is less than ideal but workable, I may need more incentive. Also, there are benefits to consider - PTO, health insurance, summer hours, 401k matches, etc... I hate job hunting. Thank god I haven't had to do it in a few years now. Best of luck to you!!
That question really annoys me because they know what they are willing to pay and that information (salary range) is usually to be found somewhere in the job announcement. I have wondered if they are trying to get people to volunteer to work for less because they think it will make them more competitive for the job. I just have to wonder if these employers asking because they are ready to take advantage of someone's desperation... On the other hand, I have been asked this very same question when applying for a job with the US Government, and I wondered why, since they determine salary based upon a specific formula and there really isn't much wiggle room in that.
Anyway, in the past, I have simply put "negotiable." But, I suppose that some employers might not like that...
I am applying for a job and the employer asked for my salary requirements. I am OK with what was posted, but my brother-in-law says I should ask for slightly above the range but say I am negotiable/flexible to what was posted. I have all the qualifications they ask for.
I am very interested in the position, am also not desperate for a job right now. What would you reply? THANKS!!
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