Don’t be coy about your W-2 form

March 15th, 2007 by The Imagination Factory

Executive recruiters are working to make an accurate match between job seekers and employers. In order to do that, they must have accurate information about the people they are presenting. W-2 forms show a more complete picture of income than check stubs or tax returns. The W-2 is more complete than a check stub because it includes bonuses and extraneous taxable benefits (dues, car expenses, etc.). Tax returns are considered confidential and hold more information that in needed by a recruiter. When negotiating pay, all benefits and salary have to be considered. Holding back your W-2 tells your recruiter that you’re not being honest about your income level.

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