The SYCK Career Podcast

Ep 62: Cracking the Compensation Code: Strategies for Maximizing Your Compensation


How do you know that you’re being offered a fair amount of compensation for the work you do? It's natural to turn to platforms like or to gain insights into industry standards and salary ranges for your position. However, brace yourself for a revelation: these sources often fail to provide an accurate depiction. 

To illustrate this, during my tenure at Salesforce, I discovered that the salary range displayed on these platforms spanned from $90,000 to $428,000 per annum. Yet, upon leaving the company in 2021, my annual salary exceeded those figures by an impressive $515,000. 

In this episode, we're exploring the age-old dilemma of revealing your compensation expectations during a job pursuit, where I will share why it's best to keep your compensation number under wraps, whether it's too low or too high. I will also teach you how you can navigate pushbacks from recruiters when they ask for your salary range so you can maximize your earning potential. 

Tune in now to take control of your career and learn invaluable strategies to secure the compensation you truly deserve.

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Alan Stein has hired hundreds of talented people while working at Salesforce, Meta, American Express, and Google (where he won Manager of the Year). He has seen first-hand that career acceleration is a learnable skill and now he is sharing the exact method to achieve your career goals efficiently. 

He helps anyone with the ambition to accelerate their career path and achieve their aspirations. But he is most passionate about closing pay gaps and helping overcome systemic bias for underrepresented, underestimated, and underpaid people. Essentially, he wants to level the playing field.

Alan brings real talk and inside info to your side. In addition to his nearly three decades working at some of the most impressive companies in the world, Alan has also stumbled along the way. He has survived five layoffs, only to emerge stronger and with more money. Essentially, Alan gets careers — and now he wants to make sure you do too.

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