Many of us tend to think of personal income as a private matter. A person's worth isn't determined by how much he or she makes — so why should a prospective employer think otherwise? Some job seekers, though, get an unpleasant surprise when an interviewer pops the question of previous salaries — and it's important to know how to respond in a way that preserves your negotiating position without compromising your shot at the job. Understanding why some employers ask this question can help you provide an answer that keeps you safe on both those fronts. Here's how to approach your response. No law requires you to divulge your previous salaries to a prospective employer — and in fact, some career coaches strongly advocate a polite refusal, no matter how much pressure the employer applies.
How to Include Salary Requirements with a Cover Letter
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How to List Desired Salary on a Resume
By Susan P. These questions are the most dreaded by job candidates, with good reason. This may be the start of the salary negotiation, if they decide to offer you a job. A "wrong" answer can result in a job offer with a salary that is too low or the end of the opportunity if you state a salary that is too high. As you will see below, you can dodge the question for a while, as you gather information.
Salary plays an important role in a job seeker's decision to apply for a position. Employers sometimes ask potential employees to include their salary requirement on their resume as a way of weeding out prospects who seek a salary higher than the company budget allows. This information also helps companies successfully negotiate salary when an employee is hired. Applicants must be prepared to share their salary requirement or risk missing out on a potential job opportunity.