Woodbridge: I have applied for a job, and they said they will not process my application until I provide them a salary history. How should I approach this? The salary range is considerably more than what I am making now. I don't want to be low-balled; that has happened in the past.
Ugh. I hate it when employers do this. I mean, why does it matter what a worker was making before? In this case, it seems you have no choice but to give them the information if you want to be considered for the job. If you get to the point of negotiating salary, make it clear to them that you know what your skills are worth now, no matter what your salary history reflects.
Arlington: I need to ask for a raise. Can you offer any tips on how to prepare a compelling case? Unfortunately, when I accepted the job, I took a big pay cut because I really wanted the job. Things are going well six months later.
First, do your homework. Find out what other people who do your job in your area generally get paid. That's your starting range.
Next, write out a list of your accomplishments and contributions to the company. Your examples should show how you have contributed to your employer's mission or bottom line.
Approach your supervisor with this memo in hand, and you should have no trouble.