On 2/14/07, Christian Heilmann <codepo8 at gmail.com> wrote: > > I was only trying to save him time through the experience I have had. I go through a few agencies for work, (via a jobs list - Chinwag). > > A lot of them have these fairly vague terms, (mid weight, x years experience etc). > > I know how much I am worth but it is a waste of everyone's time if you have to email an agent to ask them, (then they generally want a CV before even answering a question.) Only to find out that they are thinking of a different figure. > > I've hired about 8 people last year and went through about 50 CVs. > None of the people we took on asked about the money or felt the need > to as it is a common courtesy to pay what people are worth. I would have more confidence in this when pursuing a job with Yahoo that I would pursuing a job with a small start-up with little or no reputation. I'm not sure you can really compare the two. I interviewed with Yahoo before, and they even came out and said something like "We'll make sure you're paid what you're worth." (Now, what that actually means in California dollars, I have no idea.) Jay, I think I you misunderstood my point. I didn't see a problem with omitting the salary, as I felt it was implicit in your description. >From your response, though, if you are truly trying to come off as flexible, you may wish to be more explicit about that. I did not get that impression at all in your description, except that you had a desperate need and might take someone slightly underqualified. However, I know that when I have browsed monster.com and such sites on occasion, I more or less ignore any post that does not include ballpark salary. Monster.com is a certain kind of beast, though. Many, many job postings. Applying to each takes time, and time is money. Don't be so quick to dismiss a back-of-mind calculation of: chance of success * expected salary, that might be used when someone is deciding whether to take the time to apply for a given position. This is most certainly in the decision-making process for those of us formally trained in Economics, but I think it is there to a lesser extent in the psychology of everyone. Jay, your post to thelist was just fine to me -- it had enough information for me to determine that it was not something I was interested in. I can see how someone matching the job requirements might have trouble deciding whether to take the time to apply, because the information needed to estimate expected value is missing. Worst case, though, they'll just ignore it. -- Matt Warden Cleveland, OH, USA http://mattwarden.com This email proudly and graciously contributes to entropy.