Below is a scenario that you might be challenged with based on the current economic conditions.
In the simplest terms:
An employer is offering salary X for a position.
X is a lower than market, but since there’s more talent available they’ll get some interested candidates.
You previously made more than X at your last position…let’s say it’s X + 15%.
Therefore, you’d like to be at or above that for your next position…rightfully so.
But, since you’re currently unemployed, you’re willing to consider this position to get working again.
If you tell the employer (or recruiter) that you’re looking for (X + 15%) although it’s more than what’s being offered (X), but you’d still like to be considered, the company might feel you would be an “at risk” hire.
If you’d rather not disclose the salary that you’re looking, this might help prevent you from being rejected, although it’s often going to be asked because of the above situation.
Please keep this scenario in mind as you discuss your salary requirements.
Options: Find the employer that’s going to pay where you want to be on day 1; or ask if the salary can be adjusted after 90, 180 days, etc. to make you whole again.
Continue to look out for #1 (that’s YOU!).