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    As a recent graduate, I've never been paid a proper salary before as previous jobs have been part time retail/hospitality and have pretty much paid minimum wage or unpaid voluntary/placement work. How should I answer the 'what is your required salary?' question? A friend told me that I should just lie about my previous wage i.e. say that I used to earn 17k and they'll probably pay me 17 too. But I feel that this would just clearly be untrue considering my previous jobs.

    You don't have to lie about anything. Research what starting salaries are for the career you are going into and ask for that. Around £20k to £25k is entirely reasonable for any skilled workplace.

    Ask for a reasonable salary for the position.

    There's no rule. You say what you personally would be comfortable with.

    After I graduated I used to put down 20k-25k even though I never had a job before that. People told me I was being very unrealistic but I stuck to my guns and my first job does pay within my desired salary range.
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