Proving your worth during a job interview is stressful enough as it is, but when a hiring manager asks questions like “How much are you currently making?” it can be especially disconcerting when you feel undervalued or underpaid in your current role.
After all, this could very well be the reason you’re considering leaving your job.
In fact, according to a recent Gallup poll, a quarter of Americans confess they are unhappy with how much they’re paid. And another recent Gallop poll found 42% of Americans are either making the same or less money than they were making five years ago.
As Steven Steinfeld, career and job search coach and author of “3 Steps to Your Best Job Ever!” explains, your salary history isn’t all that relevant since your new job and company will never be exact matches with your last job and company.
But while these questions have little relevance to your new-hire potential, they still get asked, which is why it’s vital to come up with a plan of action.
Here’s what you’ll want to do:
1. Know your worth
“By doing salary research and knowing your market value you can break the cycle of being underpaid,” says Ryan Kahn, a career coach, founder of The Hired Group, and author of “Hired! The Guide for the Recent Grad.”