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How does one answer this?

 
#1 How does one answer this?
09/02/2016 11:04

Camster

So...

I have started to look at opportunities.

I came across something that seemed rather interesting. Even more so since I know of the company. I applied. I will add that the role is a bit 'junior' for me, but from what I understand of the company, the work involved can be really interesting.

I got a response. I was asked to give salary details.

How can I convince that salary is not an issue? And that I am more interested in understanding the role?

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#2 RE: How does one answer this?
09/02/2016 11:48

Headhunter to Camster (#1)

How can I convince that salary is not an issue? And that I am more interested in understanding the role?

Say exactly that.

"I'm looking to develop my skills and learn from the right mentors in a passionate, like-minded environment...", etc.

Then outline a target salary which you would realistically accept, if offered.

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#3 RE: How does one answer this?
09/02/2016 12:41

marsday to Camster (#1)

So...

I have started to look at opportunities.

I came across something that seemed rather interesting. Even more so since I know of the company. I applied. I will add that the role is a bit 'junior' for me, but from what I understand of the company, the work involved can be really interesting.

I got a response. I was asked to give salary details.

How can I convince that salary is not an issue? And that I am more interested in understanding the role?

Let's re-wind a little.

The first response to your application is to ask for salary details, with no prior contact. This should give some indication about priorities for the hire, and even the culture of the organisation. This certainly spells out that, for this role at least, getting someone within a rigid budget is essential (or that previously they have set this too low and spent time on applicants who are too expensive, and haven't adjusted for the market since).

The role is 'a bit junior' for you, but the company is interesting. So you make the classic mistake of the experienced hire - making an application before connecting with someone appropriate in the target business. You would be better now to circumvent this question by contacting a suitable senior person in that business, explain your interest in the organisation (not the role which is a bit too junior). Chances are they would bring you in at a more appropriate level in the same manner of work. And now with someone sponsoring you too.

If you want to look at advertised recruitment, see that as being symptomatic of what is happening in the organisation you are interested in (any organisation). Much of the hiring wont reach adverts anyway. Better to send a message, ask for a coffee or a call. Play your experienced hire card.

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#4 RE: How does one answer this?
09/02/2016 21:11

Camster to marsday (#3)

Thanks HH.

Mars, I should have given context.

I know the TMT space intimately. Saying that, I did not keep abreast while having treatment. Have started to inform colleagues/contacts that I am looking.

Was actually messaging some friends when I searched and came across the role on LinkedIn. It seemed ideal. Smaller outfit. Good name. Can do some interesting projects. Etc.

It's like a partner applying for an SC role. I do not wish to go for roles at the appropriate level. Am not interested in $£€ or position. Am simply seeking a UK-centric role (hopefully no more than 50% travelling), where I can do worthwhile projects.

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#5 RE: How does one answer this?
10/02/2016 21:41

detoilet Consultant to Camster (#4)

Camster

You are not thinking straight. You know the TMT space intimately - your words ! but you've been out for a year ? ish

Sorry to point out bleeding obvious TMT does not change in a year - that much, personal confidence and assurity can.

You can site BT in takeover of EE or developing their sport / tv. Is this any different to virgin mobile / tv or one to one becoming T-Mobile then ee in the 90's/00's. You'd be at your fighting best then.

Ok in last year Google tells me a 3% increase in Uk broadband speeds - it's still broadband

After a potential life changing event you may want something less pressured or on paper easier. That would be understandable. I felt the same way after splitting with a girlfriend from East Kilbride.

If you are fit and ready to go don't under value yourself - take Mars advice.

Reality sandwich dutifully served

good luck

DC

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#6 RE: How does one answer this?
12/02/2016 13:07

Camster to detoilet Consultant (#5)

DC,

Saw e-mail today. I did not make the cut in the end. Lol, looks like I'm not good enough these days even for an SC role.

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#7 RE: How does one answer this?
12/02/2016 13:41

Frio to Camster (#6)

To be fair, would you want your average partner to work on your project as an SC? I wouldn't.

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#8 RE: How does one answer this?
12/02/2016 16:45

Camster to Frio (#7)

Why not?

You have 25-yo SCs. You have 45-yo SCs. Different strokes for different folks.

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