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Why Do Recruiters Ask About My Current Salary?
One of the main questions that tend to make a job seeker a bit stand-offish is the awkward “what is your current salary?”. As a job seeker this summer, I often thought “what if my salary doesn’t reflect my worth?” or “why is it any of their business?”. These questions are perfectly normal, and you’re completely entitled not to say, however there are some good reasons why you should, and you shouldn’t feel awkward about it.
One of the main things that worried me when job hunting was the salary expectation question. I didn’t want to say a salary which was too high and appear silly or miss out on an opportunity. However, I then didn’t want to say anything too low and potentially secure a role that was way under what I wanted to be paid. Again, the best thing to do in this situation is to be honest with the recruiter. Try not to think of it as a trick question, rather a question the recruiter must ask in order to put you in a role that would suit you.
Now, some recruitment companies are better than others, some will send your CV around their clients without really considering if the role is right for you or if you are right for their client. Here at Brite we take the time to make sure the candidate is a good fit for the role as well as making sure our candidates are completely happy with the role they are applying for. We care about our candidates and build good relationships with them!