I finally did it!
Although the tracymallette.com website’s been up for more than a year now, redirecting to my resume page, I’ve finally completed the design and built the darn thing!
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Negotiating salary is one of the toughest tasks of a job seeker – especially in an employers’ market.
“Your answer to question 7 belies the ‘poker hand’ nature of the employer/candidate relationship. I’m going to tilt my hand just a bit … in hopes you’ll show me yours.” – The first line of Brian Harris’ salary negotiation email.
I recently applied for the Digital Marketing Specialist position at SaaS company Bridgeline Digital. As a follow-up to the job application, they sent back a list of questions – one, of course, being my compensation requirements.
I responded with my typical pay scale inquiry: “What is the range you’re offering for the position?”
Usually, I receive the runaround reply: “I don’t have salary information since I’m not the hiring manager.” You know, the quick brushoff with the HR recruiter expecting you to just toss out a number. (It’s just one of the things companies do to annoy job applicants.)
In this economy of companies that expect job candidates to throw themselves at their feet for any pay, I was relieved to receive a thoughtful job compensation response from Bridgeline Digital‘s Digital Services Manager Brian Harris, who agreed to let me share it with you:
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Does anyone else see how this could go horribly wrong?
It’s reminiscent of that famous line in the Deadeye Dick song “New Age Girl”.
A Twitter search for #iatethebones is already returning results that I don’t think KFC intended for the hashtag.
This Twitter user sums up the KFC advertising campaign perfectly:
KFC has is doing #iatethebones for some boneless chicken, they're begging for dick jokes
— Angelica (@HeyAaaaangelica) April 26, 2013
Of course, in a world of increasingly brazen advertising (e.g. Kmart’s “Ship My Pants” and Philips Norelco’s “I’d Beach Me” campaigns), maybe the boneless-chicken-providing company anticipated this hashtag trend.
And that’s great – if the company was hoping for not-so-savory meat tweets.