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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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Never Tell Anyone Your Salary History

Somewhere along the line, you may be asked what you were making at your last job. Don’t give out that information. When a company is asking for your salary history, they’re looking to make an easy decision based on the information, and it is never to your advantage.

Say you’re applying for a job where most of the other sysadmins are getting paid $70,000/year. If they company knows you’re making $80,000 now, chances are you’ll be out of the running immediately. If they know you make $60,000, the hiring manager may think, “This guy will probably take $65,000 and be happy with it, and we can save $5,000.” You’ll wind up making less than you’re worth. Then, when you find out you’re underpaid, you leave the ...

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