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What to you do when a recruiter emails you about jobs in another city (LA) and asks what you currently make (in Chicago) if you’re greatly underpaid?

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It’s none of their business what you currently make. They shouldn’t even ask. In some markets they’re not allowed to ask. Ignore the question and tell them what you’d like to make. That’s all that should be relevant to both parties. Either they can pay what you’re asking for or they can’t.

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Never say. They shouldn’t ask. Find out what the gigs are and responsibilities/travel/benefits etc. Only talk numbers when you have an offer.

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Lie.

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I thought it was illegal in IL to ask that now?

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Never say what you make. Tell them what you want to make. I just moved companies and went up $100k and never once told them how much I made.

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It’s illegal for a recruiter to ask that question in Illinois now - so don’t answer, and say what you hope to make!

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I often wonder if they ask so they can gauge how much they would make on the deal. I thought they got a percentage, but maybe they are fixed amounts now. Regardless just say what the range of the position is and move on.

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Totally diff rates. I would mention the avg rate or the rate you know in the city the gig is in and mention that to them and that's what you expect to make.

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I live in LA and chat with recruiters pretty regularly. They used to ask, but I haven't gotten that question in well over a year. I don't know that it's legal anymore. Even if they do ask, just tell them what your goal is. If you do feel pressured to share your current salary, tell them you want $X to be competitive with the new market.

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Yeah, the line is definitely, "for the role we're discussing in LA, I'd be looking for $X-$X" and if they pressure you just say that with the city change what you're making now isn't relevant.

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