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My name is Aline Lerner, Engineer-turned-recruiter. Founder, interviewing.io.

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  • On the hunt for a job, would it be a bad idea to note pay as the reason for leaving current employer?

    For the past couple weeks I have been looking for a job. I plan to put in my 2 week notice tomorrow with my current employer. I’m getting paid about 40% less than what the average is for a software engineer in my area (Florida) and I have a ton of responsibilities.

    I am trying to figure out what the appropriate response is if I am asked why I left my previous employer. The reason is that I was grossly underpaid, but I don’t want to put it that way and have potential employers think that I am greedy. I don’t know of a decent way to put it or if saying that money is the reason at all is a good idea.

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    The problem isn't that you're going to look greedy. The problem is that telling potential employers you're underpaid is a great way to ensure that you will continue to be underpaid. It's the moral equivalent of saying, "Ohai I'm down to work for below market pay." Surely that is not the only reason you're leaving -- when you took the job, presumably you knew you were being underpaid and decided that the benefits outweighed the costs. Think about what those perceived benefits were. If you're not getting them, then that's the reason you're leaving.

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    I 100% endorse this answer. (Nuked my own answer because I misread the question. :-))

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    I 100% endorse this as well.