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What should I do if construction employers are telling me my construction salary expectations are too high for the marketplace?

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If you are obtaining construction interviews and are being told your construction salary is too high after you have been construction interviewed, make sure to ask them what they consider a fair market price and if they are offering you the job. If you can accept their fair market figure, let them know you are very interested in their position and will consider the offer since money is not your primary motivation. If the figure is too low, then you need to let them know although money is not your primary motivation, you will need a bit more than what they are offering. You should also move on to pursuing higher paying construction employers. If you are not able to get construction interviews due to your high construction salary level, then speak candidly with the potential construction interviewer to find out if the reason for being disqualified is in fact your construction salary level or if there is more to it. Often construction employers make decisions not to construction interview someone based on multiple reasons and although money may be the primary reason, there may be other reasons that you need to be aware of when presenting your credentials for an construction interview. It is always best to put the words “open” in the “construction salary required” field of a job application so that you do not limit your chances for an construction interview.

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