Long story short I’m looking for a job in the private sector while trying to get a transfer to the location I desire with my current employers. I’ll likely take whichever comes first-I’m not terribly keen on private practice but I’m also tired of how much time the feds take to do anything. Ultimately I hope the horror of having to replace another transactional attorney might move my transfer along faster (short of getting married and knocked up).
Unfortunately I’m in somewhat of a bind-the feds taper off their salaries but they do pay you reasonably well. Right now I notice that I make more than most of my classmates in small-medium firms, with the exception of those who went to biglaw firms or work in small but very aggressive litigation firms.
I realise now that I might have to take a paycut that I’ll eventually recover over the long haul, but I’m wondering how not to scare off firms that list “send salary requirements” on their job listing.
a) Do I have to give a salary history in response to the statement “send salary requirements” or is it just a matter of what I would like?
b) Is there a way of trying to ask for what I make right now but that I’m very interested in the opportunity and would be willing to negotiate if the terms are fair and there’s a schedule for promotion? (I mean, I am not willing to take a 20-30K cut but I think I could deal with my intermediate grade salary as long as I knew it was a one to two year deal only).
If you have any thoughts or have been in the same position, tell me!