Originally Posted by babyharley
I'm applying for a few jobs here in town (along with the insurance one
But on this advertisement I found, it says to include salary requirements in my cover letter.
How do I go along stating how much I'd like to make? I don't want to put too low, cuz then I'd possibly get stuck at that much, but then I don't want to say too high, cuz I don't want to get turned down for that factor.
Do I just say something like.... ' I'm open to discussing my salary requirements with you in person?'
I don't know how to go about this!
Here are some of my thoughts ....
If you omit the information, then, they think you can't follow directions, or maybe you're just trying to be "slick".
And, as you said, if you "require" too much, the letter might get tossed.
You could give them a salary range, then add that the salary is "negotiable". I'd try to put the salary info in the middle of the cover letter or where ever it wouldn't stand out so much. :-)
==(Professionally speaking, if an applicant couldn't follow my requests, I tossed. If I requested a salary figure requirement be included, it helped me to know if I could afford them.
If the resume was a good fit for us, but higher $$ than I wanted to pay, I'd probably make a call just to confirm the applicant's needs. ==
Consider: If the job is only willing to pay ? say ? minimum wage?, and your "requirements" are more than they are willing to pay -- then they'd do you a FAVOR by tossing your resumÃ© -- because you need a LIVING wage.
If the salary requirement you request is "too little" (your standards), - then, depending on your qualifications, they might be more interested in interviewing you, at which time you'll probably talk about the pay.
BUT these discussions won't take place unless you get that interview.
Then, WHEN you do get the interview, and they talk to you about the salary, you'll know if you'll be able to "live" with the amount --- you don't have to "get stuck", you STILL have a choice, you can negotiate, and if they can't meet YOUR standards, you can tell them "no thanks".
Hope this helps a little,