When Asked What Is Your Desired Salary on a Job Application What Should I Put?

“What is your desired salary?” is one of those questions on a job application that’s difficult to respond to. Rarely does an online application give you an opportunity to say that you’re willing to negotiate your compensation and benefits package. Even if you’re not completing an online application with one of those drop-down menus containing salary ranges, you don’t want to lock yourself into a range or price yourself out of a job.

Drop-Down Selection

Do your research before you select a desired salary figure from an online application that gives you limited salary choices in a drop-down box. Check out the salaries for the job you want using the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ occupational and salary information for your geographic area. The online applications generally give you a $10,000 range to select from, so you can get pretty close to what the job pays by choosing a range that’s close to the salaries you found in your research. If the online system has a selection for “negotiable,” choose that so that you can safely prevent yourself from being eliminated from the preliminary screening based solely on your salary demand.


Many online application systems allow you to attach a cover letter. To justify your selection, always mention in your cover letter that the salary range you selected is negotiable. For example, you could write, “Based on my salary research for this position, I selected a figure from the drop-down menu in the application process that reflects the market rate for this geographic area, which appears to be in the $50,000 to $60,000 range. When we begin discussing salary for this position, what does current salary mean is negotiable and I’m confident we can arrive at a mutually agreeable amount, based on the total compensation and benefits package.”

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Your Kitchen Hacks?

Late last month, in the “Childhood Favorites: Guilty Pleasures?” thread, SE’erGirlFromJetCity made a comment that I bookmarked for future use:

Annie’s mac and cheese (made with yogurt so it’s tangy!)

I’d never thought of doing that, but it makes sense. I tried it the other day, and it really does make the mac tangy — thanks, GFJC! (Plus, eHow.com lists it as a way to make boxed butter substitute in mac and cheese if you don’t have milk or butter.)

Which leads me to this … There are probably a lot of these tips out there rattling ’round in our heads. Let’s get them out in the open, where they’re useful. What kitchen tip(s) do you have worth passing on?

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How to Buy Digital Games without Tax (USA) and 5% GST (Canada) [Updated June 23rd]

Disclaimer: This could fall under Marketplace Theft and a ban could happen. I take no responsibility if anything happens to your account. However, there have been no reports of bans because of this. This is just a warning.

As of Oct. 7th 2016: I can confirm it’s still working. If you have any problems, I’ll try and help. Make sure the billing information is correct and wait a few hours to make sure the account information updates.

I live in Nova Scotia, Canada and sales tax here is ridiculous (15%), on top paying $80-$85 for a game, so a typical game costs me around $91-$97. So I decided to google how much tax does steam charge. The method I found works in the US by using a State that has NO SALES TAX, but I also found a way to have low tax in Canada by using a Province with low tax rates.

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Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2017 Keynote

Sundar Pichai at Google I/O 2017 Keynote

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8-Year-Old Girl Faces Felony Charges for Allegedly Breaking Into Car

An 8-year-old girl in Florida has been charged with a very grown-up crime, breaking into a car. John Badillos says it was his car the child was seen on surveillance video breaking into from the driver’s side. As a former police officer, he says he was surprised to see such a young girl do something like that. The girl has been charged with burglary and attempted theft, a felony.

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FULL DISCLOSURE: Laci Green and I are good friends as of late, so keep that in mind while watching this video.

Well, I couldn’t have picked a better time to get back into the swing of this YOUTUBE NONSENSE! Laci Green recently made waves across the YouTube community after she posted a video in which she committed the cardinal sin of social justice: fraternizing with the enemy! That’s right, people are flipping out at Laci Green’s open mindedness. Kat Blaque, Steve Shives, Peter Coffin and more have come out of the woodwork to voice their disdain for Laci Green’s ability to befriend those she disagrees with.

But is Laci Green taking the red pill? Is she an antifeminist now? I guess we’ll find out in today’s Ray Gun Recap. I really hated the film “Birdman.” I thought “Whiplash” was far superior.

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