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How to find out what you’ll be paid with an employer, before accepting an job offer

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An Reach Out Job Search Guest Post by Elizabeth Cutten of My Job Apps.com

When setting out to apply for a job, finding the right process to choose which employment opportunity to apply for began with more than filling out an application.  From what is the pay rate, to the benefits questions can fill job seeker head.

Thankfully for the Internet there are a lot of resources that you can use to take advantage of information.  I wanted to give you some tips that you can use when you want to find out how much you’re going to get paid with an employer.

Glassdoor.com – This is a fantastic resource that aggregates data from thousands of employers across the globe.  They will sign up, share their information and this site will compute averages for that position.  There are thousands of companies that you can browse through.  This is a great starting point to find the average in your area.

Salary.com – For those that want to know what kind of average they will get with a particular profession, than this is a site for you. This type of site won’t necessarily show you what you’re going to make with a company, but rather an average in your area.  For example, if you want to become a teacher in Michigan, the salary ranges anywhere from $31,000 to $65,000.

A Simple Google Search – While these two websites can only showcase so much; you will find that a simple Google search can yield great results from many various companies when looking for additional information.  For example, let’s say that you want to work with McDonald’s for the first time.  Google something along the lines of, “McDonald’s cashier salary”, to see what comes up.

Why is this salary information important?

Researching your salary is a great way to know what you should receive from an employment offer.  When an interview is initially scheduled, and prior to a potential job offer being made, take time research the salary average for the job. Knowledge gained help determine what will be fair to you and as well as the company.

Test out the websites noted up above for correct salary background information.  Also, they allow an excellent way to research companies and before applying to an organization. 

Author's Bio-This guest post was written by Elizabeth Cutten.  You can find more of her work at MyJobApps.com a job resource site featuring over 1,000 companies, showcasing what you’re going to get paid, the benefits you’ll receive and more.


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