We’ve all been fooled by the question, “What was your previous salary”, on job applications. Which has led us to believe that as long as we are making money, we are doing good? Yet, underemployment also means that you are not living up to your full potential at work. Whether that be you not putting in the effort or your employer not allowing you to.
Your next employer doesn’t care if you’re getting paid manager money if you don’t have a manager skillset. Asking what your last salary was, only gives them a ballpark of what they should offer you. Nothing more, nothing less. Yes, a pay increase can pay bills. Yet, having a competitive skill set will pay off, if a layoff should arise. Besides states are eliminating the salary question. This goes to show there isn’t any real importance in knowing someone’s salary.
Getting paid and educated at work is the norm. Unfortunately, when some people realize this, it’s too late. Don’t want until a layoff to wish you had done more. Don’t wait until you are job searching to find out that your skills are pretty dated in your industry.
Spending decades at a job doesn’t make you successful. What you’ve learned in those decades does.