By Jennifer Outcelt, Creative Content Architect
I’ve seen a fair number of job listings in the 10 years I’ve been in the work force. Luckily, I’ve been stable and happy at my current job for almost 7 years, but I’ve watched as friends and family around me beat down that well worn path towards a new vocation. One thing I am always surprised by is the lack of some very important information within the job listings I’ve seen. What’s that, you ask? Well, what would be the most important information to YOU? Salary, I presume. Or at least it’s in your top three.
When my husband left the military and started his own job hunt, we looked for jobs that checked a few key boxes; Do you want to do this job? Are you able to do this job? Is the salary enough for this job to be worth it? While a “Yep” on the first two questions was promising, if the last question was a “Nope” then the job was disqualified from the running. The conundrum though, was that a “Yep” or a “Nope” was not always easy to come by. Hardly any of the postings listed a salary! We were able to tell that he needed to be able to lift a box of papers… but not how much he would make each year?!
There is a crazy low percentage (12%) of US job postings that regard salary as a crucial piece of information for potential job seekers. There are several reasons why Employers opt out of upfront salary disclosure, but are the perceived benefits really hurting them in the long run? I came across a great article on CNN that breaks down the salary posting debate. Give it a read, then think about the job posting that put you in the job you have now. Would it have made a difference? Maybe the entirety of the US workforce should be chanting, “Show Us the Money!”