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Can I Afford This Job?

Money by Andrew MagillDear Reader,

Here is a quote job post I saw recently.

They are offering competitive salaries, benefits (vacation, medical, dental, vision), a 401k plan, as well as a fun collaborative working environment (catered food truck lunches, theme park outings, big charity events and more).

Sounds interesting right? If I am a Junior developer making squat or near squat, I am interested. However, if I am a Mid-range developer, Senior developer, or a System Architect – or if I am a developer with a family that depends on my salary and I have a minimum salary requirement – I’m conflicted.

Do I bother to apply? Are there other signals I can use to deduce whether this will be a waste of my time or not? What is “competitive salaries”? Who are they competing with? If they are competing with fast food restaurants, that’s going to be a different number than if they are competing with investment banking companies.

As a hiring manager you haven’t done your job. You have told me how great the job is, but you’ve not answered the question “Can I afford to take this job?”.

As my friend Sean Coats pointed out in the comments of “The secret to writing a job post to attract PHP developers”, salary is important when deciding whether to apply for a job.

Help developers pre-qualify themselves for your positions. Save yourself the time and aggravation of interviewing someone only to find that they can’t afford to take the job. Help developers answer the question “Can I afford this job?”. Put a salary range on your job post.

Until next time,
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