In the past three or four weeks I have been getting a lot of contact from recruiters who are viewing my profile on LinkedIn but for some strange reason, they never like to admit that’s where my they got my details so they usually say they saw my CV on monster or irishjobs.ie where I have no presence.
Anyway, I’m not actually looking to move at the moment because things are really good with my current employer plus I’m still mulling an offer of sponsorship for a US visa which is looking very attractive in a get-the-hell-out-of-dodge kind of way. But obviously anyone is interested in some amazing standout offer so I reply to the odd few that actually look they might have been written specifically after reading my profile with an enquiry about the salary involved. They generally reply with a fairly mid-market intermediate range (I don’t see myself and am not paid currently in this bracket). I reply usually to say that I’m earning 25% above the top range they’ve quoted and the company has an incredible benefits and bonuses package. To date, every single reply has been along the lines of “well, they might be willing to stretch to that for the right candidate”. Um, I’m no recruitment expert but you might be missing the central point of how you coax someone from their current position. You need to offer considerably more than my current earnings to tempt me to move from a job I’m very happy with.
Anyway, I thought I’d ask some people here who might have a little bit more experience than me. Am I missing some etiquette or protocol? Am I supposed to mention the salary I would want as my “current salary” so it can be matched or something?