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Recruiters, Job Applicants, Stop Wasting Time Playing the Silly Salary Game

Posted July 26th, 2021 | Author: John G. Self

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If you are frustrated with the talent acquisition process, you will love this story.  To save time today, let’s begin with the ending.  The applicant was frustrated and angry when she blurted out: 

“As my grandmother used to say, ‘Not only no, but hell no, uh uh.’ I cannot believe you wasted my time trying to recruit me for a position that pays less than I am making now.

When you kick the person in the butt who has caused you the most grief, you will probably not be able to sit for a week.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Yes, you guessed it.  This applicant went through the recruiting process not knowing how much the position paid, and the recruiter never asked her current salary. As Theodore Roosevelt said, when you kick the person in the butt who has caused you the most grief, you probably will not be able to sit for a week.  In this case, both parties deserve a swift kick.

So here is John Self’s career management rule number one; If the recruiter doesn’t know the salary range or won’t tell you, then don’t waste your time. Walk away.

© 2022 John Gregory Self

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