YOUR SALARY HISTORY IS IRRELEVANT.
Well… not really, but bear with me.
Okay, so here’s the dirty, dirty secret of HR & the recruiting industry. (I’m not doing myself any favors from a recruiting perspective by sharing this either). Ready for it? This is the big secret:
Most HR teams, hiring managers and many external recruiting firms have a BUSINESS interest in not paying you what you’re worth.
Shocking? Seem obvious? Maybe. Maybe not. Imagine this scenario.
Julie is a software developer that graduated and began her career at a startup, rather than a Fortune 500 corporation. It had all of the fun and excitement of being a start-up: work-life balance, flexibility, daily coffee runs, but a low salary (typical to startups). After 2 years of Julie being compensated at 35K, the company shows signs of financial duress and could even go under. It’s time for Julie to look outward.