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Not disclosing salary history on job application okay? (Webinar Attendee Question)

If a job application says disclosing prior salary is required, how do you get around that?

This question was asked by an attendee during the Proformative webinar "How to Win Your Compensation Negotiation" held on December 21, 2012.  Please join the discussion and add your insights below.

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Ted Monohon
Title: VP -Finance / Controller
Company: Fantex
(VP -Finance / Controller, Fantex) |

You shouldn't avoid this unless you don't want the job. HR will just put your resume in the circular file if you don't disclose what they want. You could call and ask the company what the salary range is for the position, so that if it is below what you are making you can just not apply. I personally don't like the question since I believe that you pay for the position, not based on what someone discloses on an application, however, there are legitimate uses for the data that HR uses that have nothing to do with trying to cherry pick the lowest paid person for the position.

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Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
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(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

I agree with Ted. Omitting any information from an application for employment is not a wise approach. If you move to the next step in the process, it will be validated any way. You do not want your application discarded because your application is not complete. Hiring Managers at times look to HR to weed out applicants. It is not uncommon for a hiring manager or HR representative to request last year's W-2.


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