is it okay to lie about your salary history when applying for a new job?

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A reader writes: I’ve been wondering about whether or not it’s ever okay to exaggerate your past salary. My current salary is significantly lower than what someone in a for-profit company would be making for the same responsibilities. My friends in the past have bumped up their salaries to get a higher pay in their next job, and they are encouraging me to do the same. Don’t lie about your salary. salary

company wants my past performance evaluations and tax forms, and 4 other “is it legal” questions

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One such criterion is the candidate’s history of career advancement and accomplishment over the course of their career as demonstrated by increasing responsibility and meaningful compensation rewards. Detailed compensation history including both base and variable/incentive compensation, which is to be disclosed in the employment application and should be supported by the most recent full year’s W-2 statement.”

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short answer Sunday — 6 short answers to 6 short questions

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How can I calculate my annual salary when I’m hourly with variable hours? I have a question about dealing with required salary history entries on online applications. My last job (my first out of grad school) was a salaried position with benefits, etc. I have been applying to jobs in my field, but all of the online applications require annual salary histories. How should I enter my current salary?

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recruiter says: half my candidates are no-shows for interviews.

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Instead, the latest trend among sales recruiters is to ask them to send you the past few years worth of W-2s to show upward progression, numbers well beyond base salary, and prove that your candidate actually earned the big commissions. Reply none of your biz January 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm If any prospective employer EVER asked for a copy of my W-2, you could be guaranteed I wouldnt show up for an interview. in a long interview process, can I ask about salary?

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short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions — Ask a.

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Will a W-2 be sufficient if someone wants proof I worked there? in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? my coworker is physically bullying me short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions get your salary off your resume unreasonable job application instructions no one will hire me as their visionary what do you want to talk to me about? how do I state my desired salary range in a cover letter?

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