:o Having trouble gauging what I'm worth. Negotiating salary for high stress, highly visible accounting position in D.C. with a range of $70k to $107k. This position will get me that much closer to controllership position with this agency.
My problem: I'm making $50k now and couldn't afford anything under $80k (to offset childcare costs). I have critical experience this group needs. I strategically accepted my current and two previous assignments at low rates (salary caps exist for trailing spouses of overseas government employees) to obtain the experience and obtain current references. That part of the strategy worked marvelously. Need I mention that I was at $100k a decade ago, at the height of my first career, as a director of product development for a telecom firm? I then took an eight year break to be a professional parent/trailing spouse. Now, I have high goals, but low salary history, though an MBA and executive experience to boot.
The employer wants to see my paystubs... Please help. FYI - the interview series worked marvelously. I closed for the first time, and got the offer!