Re: Salary information in job ads Max Shenk 29 Aug 2002 15:11 UTC

Just to add my two cents...

If I were applying for a job for which a salary wasn't stated up front, I'd simply make it a point to ASK what the salary was before I got too far into the application-interview process (say, the initial interview). Then, if the salary didn't suit, I'd withdraw myself from consideration.

I really doubt that many people would leave a first interview without getting some sort of idea (specific or vague) about the salary. To me the interview process is as much for my benefit and information as it is for my prospective employer's, and if a prospective employer is coy about salary, benefits, vacation, opportunity for advancement in an initial interview, they're probably not someone I'd want to work for anyway.

Not seeing such information in the ad or posting, though, certainly wouldn't deter me from applying, particularly if the job seemed like a good fit in other ways.

Max Shenk
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Montgomery County Community College Library
Blue Bell, PA

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2 messages:


Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 8:34:34 -0500
Subject: job ads

It's all very nice and idealistic to think that the "job will sell itself."
That may get you qualified applicants, all right.  However, you end up
wasting your time and theirs very often if you go through the interview
process with a candidate based on his/her qualifications and your no-salary-
specified job ad, when you offer the top candidate the job, and he/she
turns you down for a higher paying position elsewhere.  Believe me, it
happens.  Yes, the applicant should be interested in the job more than in
the salary, but especially now when positions are having to be reposted
time and again due to a shrinking applicant pool, if you tell people
upfront what the salary range is, you can save some time and grief later.
Sure, you'll probably get even fewer applicants, but you won't end up
spending money on hotels and travel and meals on someone who is going to
turn you down for more money elsewhere anyway.

Yes, there are a few of us who have applied for positions because it looked
like a good career move or just a good opportunity to do what you love to
do, but I don't know many people who can afford to ignore the salary.

I'll sit back quietly now.



Subject: Re: importance of salaries in job ads
Date: Thu, 29 Aug 2002 08:22:27 -0500

My personal thoughts are that it is VERY important to list the salary range
in the job ad.  Otherwise I might read the ad, but odds are I won't apply
for it unless I have some idea if it is going to be worth my time to spend
updating my resume, sending the application letter, etc.  After all, if I
am interested in looking for another job and moving from my present
location, I want to make sure that my level of living doesn't go down.

Marla Roberson