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How do you answer 'what is your current salary' from recruters

 
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When I get some emails from recruiter, they ask me what is my current salary. What do you guys think would be good answers?

Don't answer it? Tell them the real amount you make? Tell them its my confidential? Or what else do you guys think would be good?
[ December 05, 2006: Message edited by: reubin haz ]
 
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Originally posted by reubin haz:
When I get some emails from recruiter, they ask me what is my current salary. What do you guys think would be good answers?

Don't answer it? Tell them the real amount you make? Tell them its my confidential? Or what else do you guys think would be good?

[ December 05, 2006: Message edited by: reubin haz ]



Tell them the salary you are getting. However when they ask for your expected salary tell them its negotiable based on the job profile and you would be able to make your mind up after the discussion. Sometimes the consultants do not forward your resume to the company if they feel that your quoting a high amount as your expected salary.
 
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Tell them the salary. Dont just tell the CTC, include the perks offered in the company because company in which you are may give free bus service to employees but company X will charge them. In this case you have to include the transportation charges also though it is not included in CTC.
 
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Try to sidestep the question by telling what you expect to earn in your next job. If you can't avoid the question, be sure to mention that the salary you're earning now is for the job you're doing now, and that the relationship between that and the salary of your next job is not very strong.
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If you are from India you may need to answer it. So tell them the real salary but make sure that you include all the details about benefits also.
 
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I would follow the advice given here.

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Hey Mark,

While the discussion in the thread pointed by you may be relevant for US jobs, in the Indian context,especially at junior/mid levels, it does not well hold true. Maybe for senior positions, the suggestion in the referred thread is relevant.

To reply to the person who posted this, well I don't think you have much of a choice than to quote the salary.

Most job discussions do not go ahead if the expected salary/current salary of the person is much higher than what is the average in the new company. Its a waste of time for both the candidate and the company to continue in that case.

If you sal is already low, companies may hire you(subject to your skills definitely) in favour to another candidate who demands a higher salary.

Sad, but true. This is the way how it works for most Indian software companies. Exception being probably product companies.
 
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