How to Safely Talk About Salary Requirements on Your Resume

May 27th, 2014 | Articles, Job Search, Resume | No Comments »

Salary Negotiations

Conventional wisdom suggests that you not talk about money on your resume, but when an employer outright asks about your salary requirements, it’s hard to ignore that request. Omit salary and you risk appearing incapable of following directions. Include salary and you risk appearing money hungry. So what’s the best way to talk about salary requirements on your resume?

Be Honest

Ideally, you would keep your salary history to yourself early on. You want employers to want you in the position before you ever talk hard figures. That way, they’re not disinclined to move on if you are beyond their original range.

However, when asked to talk about salary requirements, never undercut or over-exaggerate your real expectations. If a hiring manager makes an offer and you flip on the spot, it’s hard not to appear like a con-man playing a shell game. The unexpected switch brings your entire interview into question and prompts the hiring manager to ask: How else have I been strung along?

Never Limit Your Salary

Is there a way to stay honest and still hold some of the cards in your hand? Yes. Avoid being too specific about your salary requirements.

An exact number limits you, giving a hiring manager more reasons to pass early on. Salary ranges give hiring managers what they want, yet they aren’t an inflexible commitment. Before slapping a number onto the page, do some research before you put your salary requirements on a resume.

Learn what monetary compensation someone with your skills, experience, and current location can expect via websites like salary.com or glassdoor.com and then build your salary range.

Salary is Negotiable

One word should accompany any salary requirements: (negotiable) or (flexible). It’s simple, honest, and a great way to show hiring managers you aren’t looking to strong-arm any salary discussions.

Hiring managers already have enough on their minds. When you address salary history, it gives hiring managers the freedom to get to know you and make an offer without preoccupying themselves with your salary cost.

by James Walsh

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