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Ideal way to relay salary requirements on a resume

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Question: When a job advertisement asks for salary requirements along with your resume, what is the appropriate manner in which to state it?  -- Lori


I believe stating it in the cover letter is the best way. Be clear and be sure you know the appropriate range for the position. The way I stated it in my cover letter read as "while salary is not my main consideration, you should know that I am currently earning in the mid-$40K range." If your current salary is much lower or higher than the position your are applying for, you could word it as "Considering my skills and experience, and my understanding of the position available, a salary in the range of $xx - $xx is appropriate." (tailor it to your style).

Good luck!

You should state your salary requirements in the cover letter. After stating interest in the position and a brief detail of your current position and job duties, state the salary range you are willing to negotiate within.

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I have always been told to speak in terms of a total compensation package rather than specifically salary. Take into account the insurance, vacation, etc.

When an employer is asking for salary requirements I let them know ia am currently earning in the mid-$40K range plus benefit package." If your current salary is much lower or higher than the position your are applying for i would write something like "Considering my skills and experience, and my understanding of the position available, a salary in the range of $xx - $xx is appropriate plus benefits. I believe it is important to make sure the potential employer understands that there will be a salary plus a benefit package. The reason why I stress the benefit package is some employers while the pay is good do not offer insurance or their benefit package is very weak. Hope this helps.

I have been told by out placement specialists to write in your cover letter that your salary requirement is negotiable. The idea is to get your foot in the door through an interview, then once you have sold yourself in that arena, you ask what the salary range is. I have done this successfully a few times. Remember you are trying to make the best salary deal for yourself upon hire because many companies do not assure annual increases. If you say up front you are making in the mid $40k range, and that job will pay up to $60k, you can bet they are not going to offer you even $50k. Better to find out the range and negotiate from there.

Some companies will post ads which say, only responses with salary histories will be considered, then you have no choice than to put it in your cover letter.

Sorry for the late post but I've been on vacation.

I have been laid off three times in my career. Outplacement specialists have instructed never to give a specific dollar amount for the same reasons Karen mentions ... you'd be shooting yourself in the foot to do so. You want them to commit to a figure first to get the best deal for yourself. On the other hand, you do not want to ignore the question ... you would not be following instructions. Come up with a catch phrase like "My salary requirements will be commensurate with my skills."

Keep in mind something regarding saying that salary requirements are negotiable. If the ad specifically asked for that, that means they want it. Where I work, when the ad says to specify salary requirements, we do not even consider applicants who do not answer that question. We do not want to waste time on interviewing someone only to find out that they are asking far more than what we can pay. The "negotiable" strategy can backfire. Personally, I prefer stating what I am earning now, and/or mentioning what the average range is for that position. Unless, of course, I would be specifically looking for a set dollar amount. (For example, if I am making $40,000 now but enjoy my job and only want to leave if it is a substantial raise, then I would say I was looking for $50,000. But, on the other hand, if I hate my job and really want to leave, I might say I am earning $40,000 but have heard so many good things about the company in question that I would be satisfied in earning $35,000.)

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