How To Write A Resume With Salary Requirements?

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Often, when you see an open position that has salary requirements, the employer or hiring manager is referring to either salary expectations or salary history. In the case of salary expectations, they want you to define the salary range that you expect to make if hired for the position-and usually this information is included in your attached cover letter. The salary history simply refers to the salaries you have made in previous positions. In either event, it can seem a tricky matter to discuss salary; but whether you are looking for how to submit an application with salary expectations or one with salary history; we offer how to do both here.

Salary Expectations
Salary expectations tell the potential employer what you expect to make in a particular position. Often, this is also referred to as salary requirements, but the line between salary expectations and salary history can be worded slightly different; so make sure that when salary requirements is mentioned, that you understand which of the two it is. In order to write a resume with your salary expectations, the proper format is to include it in your cover letter. Once you have introduced yourself, the position you are applying for, a brief overview of your career history and qualifications, you should include a salary expectation range in the concluding paragraph; such as, Due to my extensive experience and education in Sales, I offer my candidacy for this position with an expected salary range of $50,000-$65,000 or something to this effect. Then, thank them for their time, etc etc.

Salary History
If the potential employer is seeking salary history when they refer to salary requirements, then you should include the salaries that you made in all positions listed in the career history section of your resume. So, for example, if you made $30,000 to start at Company ABC and now make $40,000; you would list it in your career history section like this:
Company ABC
Sales Executive
Starting Salary $30K
Ending Salary $40K
Though there are a number of ways to list this salary history information in your resume, this is the most standard-and easiest to reference for the potential employer. You would then address every employer position listed on your resume with this same applicable format.

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