Filling out an online application is never an enjoyable experience, but one of the trickiest questions you run into is when it asks for your current or requested salary. Instead of entering in a number and hoping it works, career coach Robert Hellmann tells Forbes it's best to write in $1.
The reason is that online job applications automatically weed out candidates based on responses. You don't want to answer questions where a wrong answer would immediately disqualify you and you want to give the interviewer a reason to call you. The solution is to just enter in a small number:
Many forms won't let you complete them if you leave spaces blank. Hellmann advises putting in $1, $10 or $100, "anything to show you're not listing your real salary". Hellmann insists it's not fair to discuss compensation before you've had a real job interview.
The same goes for questions about your current boss and requests for references. For both you can write in "to be discussed" or "available upon strong mutual interest". This helps ensure you and the employer aren't wasting time. Check out the full article in Forbes for a few more tips and tricks to getting a better response after submitting online applications.