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I have applied to a few places who ask "Salary Requirement"?
What is the purpose of this? Don't they know their budget or is this a way
to weed out the expensive? I did not want to put too little or too much but geeze...
They also ask for a specific figure and not leave the answer blank.
Thanks in advance
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- Nov 28, '12 by NursieNurseLPNGood question. Bc i never know what to put either, i usually write something like: negotiable, or flexible. Lol but dont take my advice bc i havent gotten one of those jobs. But i really hate to leave something blank on an app. Esp in nursing since we should try not to have blanks in documentation. Id be interested in what others say
- Nov 28, '12 by somenurseGreat question, just wanted to post so i can follow. I usually write "negotiable" or something similar, too, especially if i have just moved to a new state, i have no idea what that hospital pays their nurses.
but, maybe there are better ideas than "negotiable" ?
Plus, if i were to put in a number, i am not great at negotiating, but, i always heard, start a bit higher than you'd actually settle for, so i get confused, put what number i'd actually take,
or, start a bit higher?
HOPE YOU GET A LOT OF REPLIES TO THIS!! I think you are not the only one who is unsure of best answer to that very common job app question!!!!
- Nov 28, '12 by ScarlettzI usually put 17 -20 dollars if required to put an amount. You might want to see if you can find out the average salary for a newcomer and put something around that amount. I honestly would take a job for $17/hour, as that would be a vast improvement from what I make now. Be honest. I am not sure if I helping or harming my chances. But, I say put down the amount you'd truly accept and work hard for.
- Nov 28, '12 by anggelRNI put a range of what is normal/ acceptable for my experience and area. My last job interview I put 27-30 dollars an hour. I got the job and my salary was in that range.
- Nov 28, '12 by KelRN215The purpose of it, I believe, is to see if your requirements match what they are willing to pay. If your minimum salary is $40/hr and they are only willing to pay $25/hr, they are saving both of you a lot of time and aggravation by eliminating you based on that. They don't want to waste time interviewing a nurse who will never be willing to work for what they're willing to pay. I answer that question honestly. When I was applying for jobs earlier this year, I put my expected salary in the $30-$32/hr range since at my old job I was making approximately $31/hr. I wasn't willing to take much of a pay cut and ended up finding a job that fit everything I was looking for.
- Nov 28, '12 by caffeineaddictThanks guys for the replies. I was told not to leave it blank on the application. I wrote the lowest salary
that I'd be comfortable working for. Needless to say, I haven't heard back from any of them lol
- Nov 28, '12 by T-Bird78I put what I was making at my previous job. Apparently nobody wants to pay that now (17.51/hour) and if they ask I do say that is negotiable. If asked about my lowest acceptable salary I tell them what I started making 5 years ago with no experience and ask for a dollar an hour more than that--I don't want to go backward in my earnings.
- Nov 29, '12 by PRICHARILLAisMISSED"Commensurate with experience"
- Nov 29, '12 by NursieNurseLPNPricharilla- yes! Exactly what i try to go for but couldnt word. Always wanted to say: whatever is reasonable for a person with my experience level or something, but seeing as thats way too much to write and doesnt sound professional, i write negotiable. Thank you!