The next time you walk into an interview, consider the following:
Your wedding or engagement ring? Can and may be used against you.
Those photos of kids on a hiring manager's desk? They may not actually be the manager's children—but the photo is designed to get you talking about your kids, or whether you plan to have some eventually.
And then there's the trick that can land some applicants $20,000 more when they start negotiating their salary.
In fact, LearnVest got the inside scoop from hiring managers across the country. Many spoke on the condition of anonymity because their methods were so controversial—and not what you'd find in any company manual.
(Plus, we have a special giveaway for you! Find out what it is at the bottom of this post.)
Why do you need to know these secrets? Two reasons. The first is: What you don't know can hurt your chances of landing a job and commanding a higher salary. Second: Today, April 17th, is Equal Pay Day.
And new research out of the United States Census Bureau shows that women still earn less than their male counterparts at every education level. Although women are out-earning men in terms of college degrees and doctorates, our wages aren't keeping up. In fact, the gap only worsens at higher levels of education.
But armed with this insider knowledge—straight from the mouths of those who hire you—you can help improve both these statistics and your bottom line.
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