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Are You Underpaid?

Are You Underpaid?

Kim Lankford / Monster Contributing Writer

Talk with Your Predecessor

It may be awkward, but try to talk with the person you’re replacing. Even if he isn’t willing to reveal his salary, you may still get some good insight into how fairly he thought he was being paid, especially if he just completed a job search and switched to another employer.

“You always ask to talk with your predecessor, whether or not they are still with the company,” says Emory Mulling, chairman of outplacement and executive coaching firm The Mulling Corp. “If the company doesn’t want to give out the name of the predecessor, that’s a message.”

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