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Leaving myself wiggle room

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TrooperBari, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Well-Known Member

    Sorry to bother you folks, but I wonder if you might be able to impart some wisdom.

    I recently applied for a gig. It's all been via e-mail so far (the paper is overseas), and they've just now asked the hypothetical minimum salary requirement/when can you start questions.

    Is there an artful way I can still go the "negotiable" route and avoid locking myself in at an unreasonable salary? This is a rare opportunity, so I don't want to balls things up over money.
  2. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Just say negotiable. Make them throw out the first number.
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    commesurate with duties of the position....
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    But you better spell commensurate right

    Sorry, slap, had to do it!
  5. Kamaki

    Kamaki Member

    If the paper you're applying for is in Bari, I have two bits of wisdom to impart ...

    1) Don't let them pay you in Lira.

    2) Be careful along the southern coast when your swimming. My ex and I got almost all our stuff stolen from our car (luckily not the passports).
    When I walked up to the car after about 10 minutes in the water, there was a guy sitting right next to it.
    I motioned that someone had stolen my stuff, and he shrugged his shoulders.
    Another guy came over and said, "Yes, I saw two guys pull up in a white Punto. One guy was wearing beige pants. They walked to you car, broke the lock and took the things inside."
    So I said, "Thanks for stopping them."
    The cops were even less help.
    We left for Montenegro that night.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I'm good with it.. I knew when I wrote it that it looked wrong... nice catch.. homes... [waiting for the appearance from under the bridge in 3...2...]
  7. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    The real question is: Can you get a work permit?
  8. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Well-Known Member

    Curiouser and curiouser....

    I offered up the customary "I would expect a salary commensurate [thanks spnited!] with the position." Now I get an e-mail back from those folks, asking for:

    1) My age
    2) My minimum salary expactations (sic)
    3) My familiarity with QuirkExpress (sic) operating system
    4) My resume (which would be the third copy I've sent them)

    Is it just me, or is this getting a little weird?
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    How much are you paying in advance for "administrative costs" to be able to get this job?
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    How many more red flags do you need? By this point you might as well have some fun with it...throw out an astronomical salary (with an up-front amount for moving expenses) and see where it goes. Probably not far, but wtf.
  11. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Well-Known Member

    Heh. Good guess, but wrong continent.

    I may be dumb, but I'm not stupid. :)
  12. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Well-Known Member

    If they can't spell Quark right, time to move on.
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