The Question of Salary

Dear employers,

Please include a salary with the job description that you posted, even if it’s a general number, a minimum amount, or a range. Just give me a number.


I recently went to an interview where the salary was not listed with the job description. I thought I did really well at the interview: I got along with the interviewer, I had enough experience, and I believe I showed confidence that I could do the job well.

The woman I interviewed with asked my expected hourly rate and I told her a number that I didn’t think was unreasonable for the position. It was also a comparable rate to a similar position I had at the time. After the interview, the woman told me that I could expect a call from her the next day (Wednesday) to set up a second interview on Friday. I was stoked.

Two days passed by without a call. On Thursday I sent her a friendly email just to ask about the second interview. I got a response back stating that I was no longer being considered for the position. Needless to say I was pretty crushed. I later found out from a mutual friend that the reason I wasn’t asked to the second interview was because I had asked for too much money. The position was entry-level (which also wasn’t written on the job description) and was paying just over minimum wage.

I was actually pretty relieved when I found that out. It wasn’t that I wasn’t qualified for the position. They just wanted to pay less money than what I know I’m worth. Had I known initially what price they were willing to pay I wouldn’t even have applied.

What a waste of my time and yours, Employer, that we had to sit through that interview and send emails back and forth when we both should have known that I wasn’t going to be hired anyway. Who knows how many times this has happened to others as well. I know that hiring someone new can be an expensive process for companies and can take a lot of time, but you can make it a bit easier on yourself.

Posting a salary or hourly rate that you’re willing to pay can weed out candidates immediately. If I see a job is willing to pay $100k a year, I know that I’m likely not qualified for the position, even without reading the job description. Likewise with a job that pays minimum wage; I won’t apply because I am over-qualified. Providing a salary range to potential candidates can allow them to gauge if the position would be a good fit for them before you, the employer, ever has to review their application.

So please, employers, post that salary for both our sakes.

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10 Things You Do When You’re Unemployed

1. Check your favourite job boards and companies for any new job openings
I get some automatic Current Opportunity emails from some larger companies that I’m interested in, but I also check job boards that are more specific to my career interests (e.g., goodwork.ca and workinculture.ca)
2. Google jobs that are reasonable for you to apply to and bookmark an unrealistic number of jobs upon first glance
This Director of Marketing position looks awesome! I don’t actually need 5-7 years of marketing experience, right?
3. Take a break and browse Facebook
Surely some of my friends are posting about a recent job opening and not just cat videos
4. Tweak your resume and cover letter in order to better target specific jobs, and prepare to apply to job postings
Because I have learned that not everything you’ve done career-wise needs to be put on your resume for every job you apply to e.g., My casual dog-sitting experience will never be relevant for an executive assistant position…unless it’s at a dog kennel or something. That would actually be pretty cool! Maybe I’ll just add that position to my Jobs to Google list.
5. Take a break and browse Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
6. Eat snacks
It is important to stay properly energized
7. Google jobs that sound cool but are actually nowhere near realistic for you to apply to, or are halfway around the world
a. Personal assistant to a celebrity
b. Professional couch model
c. Chocolate taste-tester
d. Event Coordinator in Madagascar
8. Browse iTunes and download music
A Google search is only as good as its soundtrack
9. Watch Youtube videos
Ummm. Okay, I don’t really have a defense for this one. There is just no way I can justify watching episodes of Tipsy Bartender while I’m trying to find a job.
10. Apply to one or two of your realistic bookmarked jobs
Bam! The day has been productive!

This is meant to be a humorous post. Of course I don’t actually do any social media browsing while I’m looking for a job. That would be silly and such a waste of time. This is serious work and I’m obviously super focused on finding my next job. Instead what I do to procrastinate is write blog posts about procrastinating…