I think the title of this post says it all…but I will go into a bit more detail.
One of my favorite blogs about job searching is Liz Ryan’s Human Workplace and you will hear me espouse many of the tenets expressed in that blog because her views speak to my soul. I’m ashamed to admit that once upon a time, I would begrudgingly give up my salary history on applications and in interviews because I thought it was just what you are supposed to do! Then I read Liz Ryan’s article on the subject and angels sang, unicorns shed tears of joy and there were rainbows in the sky as I shed the “sheepie” wool over my eyes! I’m an accountant, by golly, and I was releasing my personal financial information, begrudgingly or otherwise! All I needed, apparently, was for someone to validate my instincts that it wasn’t ok to ask me for that information and it WAS ok for me to decline to share it! I realized that I was a sheep in job searching but I was a lion in every other aspect of my life. Job searching doesn’t always fight fair but you are allowed to fight back! I encourage you to get off the ropes and join me on the lion’s side of the job search. Take back your power one interview and one application at a time. Not ready to jump in head first? That’s cool…baby steps. Let’s start with: “I don’t divulge my personal financial information but my targeted salary range is $x”.
Are you a
man or a mouse lion or a sheep?