Generally ignorance is leverage. A couple of years again, after I made the change from one media firm to a different, it was exactly the dearth of transparency about my wage that allowed me to greater than double my wage within the course of.
I occur to be good at job interviews, and on the finish of a very spectacular one I threw out a really excessive quantity, considering to myself that the worst that might occur can be a “no.” They stated sure. This may have been a lot more durable to drag off had my prior wage been printed. Ever since then, one of many items of recommendation I give to ladies who’re negotiating their wage is to at all times ask for as a lot cash as they will say out loud with out laughing.
One younger girl I spoke with, who at present works within the authorities, voiced concern about having the cash dialog be so open. “I feel it does take away a sure leverage,” she says of the actual fact any new employer might, in the event that they needed to, Google her earlier wage. “I’ll attempt to keep away from as a lot as potential [revealing that it’s public]. I feel after I transfer to my subsequent job, I’ll attempt to withhold.”