Salary Story Form
Thank you for your interest in submitting a Refinery29 Salary Story!

If you have been in the workforce for 6-8 years (you must have at least 7 or 8 salary steps), AND/OR are over the age of 30, please fill out the following form to be considered for an upcoming feature.

For an example of the format we need for the below sections, please refer to this post:
https://www.refinery29.com/salary-negotiation-stories-austin-texas

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SECTION 1: Background information
Please provide the following background information. All sections are required.
Name *
First and last name
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Email *
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Age *
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Current Location *
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Current Industry & Title *
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Current Salary *
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Number of years employed? (Not including any middle and high-school jobs.) *
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Starting Salary and Year (How much did you make in your first real job as an adult and in which year?) *
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Biggest salary jump? (Year and amount) *
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Biggest salary drop? (Year and amount) *
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Biggest negotiation regret? *
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Best salary-related advice? *
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SECTION 2: Salary Steps
Please state each salary/income step you've made, your title, the year, and how you got there — going up to your current job and salary. For example:

FIRST JOB OUT OF COLLEGE - 2007 - $35,000/year
"It took me a while to find this job. I was an entry-level assistant at a zoo. I didn't negotiate my starting salary, but I did get health coverage and benefits."

FIRST RAISE - 2008 - $37,500/year
"During my annual review, I asked for a $5,000 raise. We met halfway and I received a $2,500 raise, bringing my salary to $37,500."

UNEMPLOYED 2008-2009
"I didn't have a salary but I received $29,000 in unemployment."

FREELANCE - $50/hour
"I decided to go do side hustles while I looked for a full-time job. I did test prep tutoring for high schoolers and made about $50/hour."

First Job Out of College (Year, Title, Salary) *
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Salary Step 1 (Year, Title, Salary) Please specify whether this was a PROMOTION, RAISE, or JOB CHANGE. If so, please specify the amount for the raise or promotion and the NEW title. Describe in 3-5 sentences what led to this salary step.
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Salary Step 2 (Year, Title, Salary) Please specify whether this was a PROMOTION, RAISE, or JOB CHANGE. If so, please specify the amount for the raise or promotion and the NEW title. Describe in 3-5 sentences what led to this salary step. *
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Salary Step 3 (Year, Title, Salary) Please specify whether this was a PROMOTION, RAISE, or JOB CHANGE. If so, please specify the amount for the raise or promotion and the NEW title. Describe in 3-5 sentences what led to this salary step. *
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Salary Step 4 (Year, Title, Salary) Please specify whether this was a PROMOTION, RAISE, or JOB CHANGE. If so, please specify the amount for the raise or promotion and the NEW title. Describe in 3-5 sentences what led to this salary step. *
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Salary Step 5 (Year, Title, Salary) Please specify whether this was a PROMOTION, RAISE, or JOB CHANGE. If so, please specify the amount for the raise or promotion and the NEW title. Describe in 3-5 sentences what led to this salary step. *
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Salary Step 6 (Year, Title, Salary) Please specify whether this was a PROMOTION, RAISE, or JOB CHANGE. If so, please specify the amount for the raise or promotion and the NEW title. Describe in 3-5 sentences what led to this salary step.
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Salary Step 7 (Year, Title, Salary) Please specify whether this was a PROMOTION, RAISE, or JOB CHANGE. If so, please specify the amount for the raise or promotion and the NEW title. Describe in 3-5 sentences what led to this salary step.
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Salary Step 8 (Year, Title, Salary) Please specify whether this was a PROMOTION, RAISE, or JOB CHANGE. If so, please specify the amount for the raise or promotion and the NEW title. Describe in 3-5 sentences what led to this salary step.
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If you have any additional salary steps, please list them all below in the same format as above. Remember to list any PROMOTION, RAISE, or JOB CHANGE (including PERIOD OF UNEMPLOYMENT or FREELANCE STINT) as well as the associated dollar amount for role/step. Describe in 3-5 sentences what led to each salary step.
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