I talked to yet another recruiter tonight, and she, like her ilk before her, asked me what rate would I like. What a stupid question. How about eleventy billion dollars?

For starters, how about if you recruiters out there explain what sorts of the benefits the job will provide, some high and low points of it, why the company is worthwhile, etc. Then, if you want to offer to submit my resume for a contracting position, then perhaps you should go out on a limb and make an offer to me based on what you’re willing to pay, instead of stonewalling me.


  1. Was this just a random head hunter, or are you looking for something different?

  2. In all fairness, this was a recruiter. NOT an employer. A recruiter isn’t in the position to offer you anything, and it makes sense for them to find out what kind of salary range their clients are looking for in order to seal the deal with minimal effort. They have to get those people employed, they don’t have time to run down dead ends.

  3. random headhunter. Actually, to be more precise, she contracted people to GM, so she was hiring me to contract to GM, supposedly.

  4. I’m finding that they hardly ever make an offer these days, they ask you what you think is reasonable. I start high and they go lower.

    It’s an interview question. It’s a simple device to test your sense of self-worth.

  5. … Strange. I start low and they go higher. I must be doing it wrong.

    In any case, it’s been at least a year since I couldn’t come up with an answer to that sort of question, Dave. I usually go with some compromise between what I need to cover my bills and what I’m charging as an independent contractor.

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