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I am currently sitting in a nowhere position and have a phone interview on Monday. I have a specific range that I am looking for and have relavant experience for this job. However, I am currently in a position that is not paying anywhere close to what I want- I took it as it was close to home for my kids and I had knee surgery and needed time to get to doctor and physical therapy appointments- besides it was a job with benefits. I am looking at a senior accountant/assistant controller position for a large company- I currently sit in a small company as a financial analyst that does nothing more than glorified data entry and administrative crap. If asked about what I am making now vs. what I am looking for I get the what makes you think that you deserve that type of pay in comparison to what you make now? I do have the experience and education plus I have earned that before- but no one looks past that.... How do you handle this? I don't really think that lying will help, I tend to try and by as honest as possible. Literally I have done what they advertised and was compensated for that. As for giving them a range.....It would be a really big range; very unrealistic it would appear that I was asking for quite a bit more and willing to settle for a minimal amount.... As for why I would take this job I'm in, it was portrayed very differently than what has come to be. Since it is a small company, everyone is secretive with what they do for job security purposes. This would include the controller here; thus the reason that I'm wasting my education and playing his assistant. A pay increase was also included with the original offer, but sense cash flow is bad and my boss wants to look good by making his budget, raises are not in the near future for my department- as we are veiwed as pure overhead and really not needed.

Asked By: zibby97 - 7/6/2007
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You have two ways to look at this. Either be up front and honest (usually my choice), or you can hope that the employer will not dig that deeply. By law they are only allowed to ask if you were employed there and title. Once you start getting into the particulars, the company will usually stop the answering process... More
Answered By: KLN - 7/11/2007
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you obviously lie.
Answered By: Jake - 7/6/2007
 
first...look online at how much that position pays at other companies...it doesn't matter what you make now...ask for something close to what the average for that position....and if all else fails, simply tell them the truth that you need more money and you took the other job for the lifestyle benefits
Answered By: Daniel B - 7/6/2007
 
if they're asking current salary you need to give them the truth. companies do background checks and if you lie, it is seen that you're more likely to lie on the job and then cause some issues... More
Answered By: brk - 7/6/2007
 
"I am paid with peanuts. Not the salted kind, mind you, but the stale, tasteless kind that makes you nauseated when it touches your tongue. Ideally, I would like to earn the gourmet roasted peanuts with almonds and cashews mixed in."
Answered By: cat_tacos - 7/6/2007
 
I was in the same situation and said the following when asked about my previous salary... More
Answered By: TwinkaTee - 7/6/2007
 
You can give them a range, and include your current salary at the bottom end. Or just tell them that since you're currently in a data entry position which you took to allow your knee to heal after surgery, your current salary really isn't relevant. If they still ask, say "I'm currently making $ as a data-entry clerk... More
Answered By: Vicster - 7/6/2007
 
You sidestep the issue of salary, you play up the positive that you can offer to the new company, your experience, your education, your desire to grow and help the company grow... More
Answered By: white61water - 7/6/2007
 
Shoot straight with them and say, I believe I am worth it, I can handle the job and have the experience. I took this position for the reasons stated above, and know that it is no longer working for me I need to move up. No one should base what they pay you in respect to what you are making now. The job you have no... More
Answered By: gymfreak - 7/6/2007
 
If they ask just let them know the facts. Since it is a small company they are generally known for not paying as much, and that is one of the reasons you are looking for another position. Also, you might indicate the other reasons you took the job in the first place... More
Answered By: FM - 7/6/2007
 
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