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I'm a Perl coder living in Bethlehem, PA and working Philadelphia. I'm a philosopher and theologan by training, but I was shocked to learn upon my graduation that these skills don't have many associated careers. Now I write code.

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Monday August 11, 2008
09:34 AM

note to self: salary requirements up front

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Last night, I dreamed that I quit my job to return to work at my previous employer. There would be lots of ups and downs to this, the two most important of which would be that I'd be closer to home and that I'd be developing in Visual Studio and its suite of languages. I got to my office, and it was pretty high-tech. I don't remember just why, but the computer was running some evolved version of Windows that looked sort of Blackbox-y. (I used to run Blackbox on Win32, there.) My fellow developers and I shared a nice office space.

As I started working on my first day's workload, I suddenly realized that when negotiating my return, I failed to discuss my salary. I didn't know what I was going to be making there, which meant, of course, that I had no idea if I really wanted to be there. I informed my boss of this oversight, and then told my old employer that maybe I'd come back, if it turned out that I'd been rehired for an unacceptable sum. It was awkward.

So, a note to all job hunters: you don't need to ask for the salary range when you sit down in the interview, but you better ask before you accept the job.

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  • I usually don't bother with the interview unless my requirements ( location, salary, travel etc ) can be met.
    • Even in your dreams? :)

      I've had similar dreams to this. I think it must reflect some deep-seated fear that you've forgotten something important.

      • I think it must reflect some deep-seated fear that you've forgotten something important.

        It's a symptom of scurvy? You forgot to eat your vegetables.