Sometimes when it comes to salary discussions we have to dance a little.
An employer (and even a candidate) might not always know where the market is.
Today’s conversation between me and a job candidate as an example.
Candidate: What’s the position paying?
Me: The position has flexibility, but they are starting me out at $135K to see if they’re in the ballpark.
Candidate: That’s too low for my experience.
Me: I understand, what are you looking for?
Candidate: What do you think the market is currently paying today for my experience?
Me: High 140’s, low 150’s.
Candidate: Great, that’s in the ballpark to what I’m looking for.
Sometimes, just having conversations with others can help you gauge if you’re at, above or below current salary conditions.
Speaking of dancing, so many songs to choose from…
Let’s Dance (2008)
Keep it cool, what’s the name of this club?
I can’t remember but it’s alright, a-alright
Just dance, gonna be okay, da da doo-doo-mmm
Just dance, spin that record, babe, da da doo-doo-mmm
Just dance, gonna be okay, d-d-d-dance
Dance, dance, just, j-j-just dance