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I don’t understand why on an application they ask how much I earned at my previous jobs. I thought each facility had their own starting rates.

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Dear Donna,

I don’t understand why on an application they ask how much I earned at my previous jobs. I thought each facility had their own starting rates. Also, they ask what did you like least about your previous job. It is hard to answer that question without sounding as if you are complaining about your previous position.

Got the job application blues

Dear Donna replies:

Dear got the job application blues,

Filling out job applications can undoubtedly be a frustrating task. Try to understand that the forms, including the questions you mention, are standard no matter what type of position for which you are applying. So once you accept that and learn how to answer them, hopefully it will be a little less challenging.

The salary question is routine. If you are being hired for a position with a set salary, such as a clinical nurse in a hospital, that information will not affect your hiring salary. However, the same form also is used for different types of positions in the facility and that information may have some bearing in the hiring process. So just answer it and move on.

Regarding the question about why you left your last job, a prospective employer is primarily interested in knowing if you were fired or something similar. So if you left of your own accord or are still employed but seeking another position, no matter what the reason, simply state: Seeking new opportunities. Don’t ever say anything negative about a current or previous employer.

Keep all your answers brief and to the point and don’t offer any information on an application that you are not specifically asked for.

Best wishes,
Donna

By | 2014-10-02T00:00:00-04:00 October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nursing careers and jobs|0 Comments

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