Should You Consider Jobs Below Your Targeted Salary?

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Salary transparency and pay equity have become significant factors for fashion industry job seekers. Many people approach their job search with a clear understanding of their desired compensation, thanks to the increasing prevalence of salary disclosure laws like those in New York City and the state of California. However, it’s essential to consider opportunities that may offer pay ranges below your target.

While some employers may post broad salary ranges, it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be flexible with compensation for the right candidate. If you come across a job that genuinely excites you but offers a lower salary range than what you expected based on your market value, it’s worth exploring further.

During an introductory call with the recruiter, express your enthusiasm for the position, highlight how your expertise aligns with the role, and discuss the salary range you’ve researched using reputable sources like, and Additionally, inquire about the company’s budget flexibility to gauge whether they might consider a higher offer for the right fit.

It’s crucial not to let the published salary ranges discourage you from pursuing your ideal compensation. The numbers in job descriptions should not be the sole basis for determining your value. Instead, rely on your market research and insights from professionals in your industry with similar experience and education levels.

Compensation often includes much more than the salary range on the job listing. Total compensation package usually include healthcare, vision, dental, PTO, education assistance, etc… Additional factors like work/life balance and company culture play a large role in employee satisfaction too but are not considered compensation. It is important to learn about the total compensation and factors that contribute to quality of life before dismissing a lower paying job too.

Even if your salary expectations fall within the advertised range, don’t hesitate to negotiate your offer. Gathering insights from online sources and networking with colleagues at competitor companies can give you a better understanding of what to expect. State the top end of your desired range during negotiations, knowing that the company might counter with their offer. Have a walk-away number in mind that you’re not willing to go below to ensure you stand your ground during discussions.

In conclusion, while salary transparency is transforming the job market, it doesn’t mean you should dismiss opportunities that offer lower pay ranges upfront. By conducting thorough research, expressing your value confidently, and negotiating assertively, you can find a job that aligns with your career goals and compensates you fairly.

Chris Kidd is the owner of,,, and

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