Decoding The Job Post: The Salary Range Is Your Friend

Posted: 2021-01-25 3:55:24 PM by WorkInCulture editor | with 20 comments

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Every month, we will be sharing with you tips on how to navigate writing or reading a job posting. 

Tip 1 for 2021

By having this mandatory feature, you will receive more applications from candidates that have realistic expectations. Remember folks, transparency is key, especially when encouraging a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. Furthermore, if you are frustrated with the ranges, the Additional Info section of the job post is there for you to include the exact fee or other important notes or offerings like details about benefits, which may be more appealing to some than pay. 

The salary range is a good indication of whether the position suits your personal financial plans/budget and where you want to be in 1 year, 2 years, or even 5 years. Ask yourself: will this position help you to live at your current standard of living or better? If you apply to a position that lowers your current standard of living - the position will most likely affect your mental health, motivation, and thus your productivity. So if you haven't yet, create a personal financial plan as that will show you how much income you need to be making to at least cover your expenses. 

Job Post Tips
For tips on how to write or read a job post visit:
Tip 1 on salary ranges
Tip 2 on highlighted sections
Tip 3 on job benefits
Tip 4 on career levels
Tip 5 on job types
Tip 6 on location/work place

Hey! Thanks for sharing this because this is a big help to me and I know it is not just me but for others too.
2021-02-19 4:05:50 AM
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2021-02-18 8:39:42 PM
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2021-02-16 12:18:14 PM
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2021-02-16 12:14:34 PM
Amazing post! Thanks for the share.
2021-02-16 12:10:25 PM
Apparently, we should know our work ethic and worth.
2021-02-16 7:57:52 AM
hmm, I think decoding the salary range first before accepting a job is too ambitious during the time of pandemic where almost all the people are trying to secure a job
2021-02-12 5:17:45 AM
Thank you for this tip. You really need to check for the salary before considering any position.
2021-02-12 5:15:03 AM
For this year, I'll grab whatever vacant position I'll see. I just can't let opportunities run past me.
2021-02-12 5:12:55 AM
I don't think we see an eye to eye on this, but thanks for sharing anyway.
2021-02-11 12:50:36 AM
I hope you keep us post more about this. I'm interested on your
point of view.
2021-02-11 12:50:06 AM
I don't agree much on this but you have a point.
2021-02-11 12:49:35 AM
Think of the job posting as a map or a key to getting the position.
2021-02-08 9:00:05 PM
Thanks for sharing these tips!
2021-02-08 7:19:10 AM
How do we begin now that this pandemic seemed to have ended a lot of things we never even started it yet?. I was honestly devastated by the fact that in just one glimpse of an eye, everything has really changed. I am hoping for everyone's safety.
2021-02-05 3:19:20 AM
Very good article, thank you very much!
2021-02-01 5:16:53 AM
This is really essential when it comes to accepting a job offer. I hope every employer consider this really crucial when offering a job.
2021-01-29 7:16:47 AM
This is actually true. We should also value the skills and dedication we put for a job when it comes to talking about the rate.
2021-01-27 10:27:46 AM
Jacoba Knaapen
Yes I agree

Here's why...

Transparency is critical! Particularly relevant to including salary ranges for jobs in Toronto which has become increasingly unaffordable and challenging for folks to live and work in the arts.

FYI it is also policy for the TAPA INDUSTRY LISTINGS (TIL) to include salary ranges, otherwise they are not included in the TIL.

Jacoba Knaapen, Executive Director, TAPA – Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.
2021-01-26 11:34:18 AM
Heather Young
I think you give an excellent rationale. Couple of additional thoughts...

For posters: The posting should convey all the fantastic intangibles from working there. The pay may not be great, but the experience may be unique (wow, when will I get another chance to XYZ) or an excellent stepping stone / learning experience, or the flexibility or work environment may be outstanding.

For job seekers: The French say "reculez pour mieux sauter." Sometimes an excellent job experience can be worth a pay reduction. It comes down to weighing costs & benefits.

Honestly -- I've been there with my recruiting!! It's tough offering a position to someone who's -- say -- say been in a low-ranking but well-paid job in govt or in a large org, and who wants a more meaningful role / new learning opportunities / a more focused career experience. I can offer the training and experience in spades, but the economics of smaller orgs are such that I can't match the $$$ from the big players.

Thanks for the great work you guys do!!
2021-01-26 10:45:47 AM

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