Believe it or not, there are some companies that will request a salary history from a potential employee. They are considering making you an offer of employment but want to see how much you have earned at your past jobs. The company may use this information as the basis for the salary included in their offer. It is entirely up to you as to whether or not you provide this information to potential employers but before you do, consider this second opinion.

The salary you have earned at your previous jobs should be of no concern to a potential employer. They should not be using this information to decide what kind of compensation to offer you or as a means of determining what would be acceptable compensation to you. Employers should be looking at market value and geography when deciding on the salary amount to offer.

If you are absolutely forced to submit a salary history, be sure it is clear to the company that your previous salary should not be used as an indication of what you will consider an acceptable salary for the position at hand. Otherwise you may be selling yourself short.

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