I got word today that I have scored an interview for the open position at my company that I applied for on the 4th of this month. It is more closely aligned with my experience and skillset, so I think my chances are pretty decent of getting it. It would also look great on the resume for when I want to transition into something else later on down the line. Not to mention the fact that it is supposed to "pay a lot" according to a co-worker that knew the girl who previously had the position. And best of all, it would enable me to stop the job hunt. Ah, that would be nice.
After reading all the recent articles on why women make less than men, I really want to make sure that I go into this interview educated on what the average pay rate is in this area for this sort of position and be prepared to ask for what I think is a fair salary. Sadly, I have no idea what they are planning on offering. I hate when places do not post a salary range for positions because it just sends the message that they want to screw you if they can. Meaning, if you short sell yourself and ask for less than what they were prepared to pay, then they want to take full advantage of that.
So, I'm going to research what the position pays in this area, then I'll ask for the high end of that. Hopefully, this will result in them offering me the mid-grade of the salary range, with them thinking they have won the negotiation, instead of them saying "no, thanks, we'll find someone else."