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11/13/09
Undergraduates. Frequently asked questions
Filed under: Interviewing, Public Relations docs, Networking, Recruiters
Posted by: site admin @ 9:52 am

As the idea comes from Lisa Balbes,
let me thank her for
her generosity
in posing the question.


There are a number of common
questions we are posed
by
undergraduates.  One, I remember
from the Undergraduate
program at
NERM in Hartford was: 
How much
will I
make on this job, as it is not
listed in the job description?


First, this is one of the “Don’t ask topics“ 
an undergraduate
or anyone else, for that 
matter, should not ask.  Nonetheless,

it is one they need to research.

[Other don’t ask questions:  {salary},
training, benefits
(vacations, flex time,
insurances, memberships, etc.),

promotions.]

This question should not happen in your
cover letter or any conversations.

Second, do your research using web tools,
like

  the ACS Salary Comparator and other
databases

   (be wary of when and from whom the
information is taken.),

and using your network,
   since you will have a network helping
you on the search

   ask them how much their starting salary
was

   ask current employees in your network
about salary
administration and recent
increases.


Remember, salary is only one component
of an overall
compensation package.  The
value for you will be
different than for
another person’s situation.


Third, be able to respond to this question
if you are asked how much do you expect
to make.

If you are working with a Recruiter, he or
she will likely
ask you this question.
It can also be asked in an interview.  Several
previous entries have talked about this.
 
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