• A cover letter introduces you as a candidate and helps recruiters get a better feel for the experience you detail on your resume. The cover letter can take many forms and you have several options on what you would like to include, such as salary requirements.

    Know What's Needed

    You need to determine if the employer is looking for you to provide a salary requirement. Many companies don't request that information as they realize that any discussion about salary before the interview is premature. Salary usually depends on the applicant's experience and the area of the country the job is located in; different areas will pay different salaries for the same position based on cost of living. Generally, you benefit by not putting your salary requirements in your cover letter. You may price yourself too high or too low without understanding exactly what the job will entail.

    Placement in the Letter

    If the company does want you to give them a salary requirement, you must then decide where in the cover letter to place it. The best places are either in the first or last paragraph, depending on your goals. When the salary information is in the first paragraph, a recruiter may not read past it if the salary is not within the company's range. Choose this location if you want to be upfront about your salary needs, as it may save you time in the interview process. By placing salary information in the last paragraph, you have the opportunity to sell yourself before you get to the salary portion. If your salary is not within the company range, the recruiter may call you anyway based on the rest of the letter. Even if the company disqualifies you, the recruiter will have read through your cover letter.

    How to Notate the Salary

    Once you determine where you want the requirement to be, decide how you would like it to read. Offer a salary range. Start with the absolute lowest amount you are willing to be paid for a job. You should have some idea of what this type of position pays, so your number should be pretty close to the company's target salary. The high end is a bit more difficult to know without job specifics. Pick a number that you think would be an accurate high end depending on what you know about the job and where the job is located. Try to be a bit conservative in your guesses because going too high can disqualify you.

    Source: Salary History and Salary Requirements

    Career Strides: Sample Cover Letter with Salary Requirement

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