Monday, March 24, 2008

Salary History on Resume... Don't Do It!

What do you do when asked to give a salary history on your resume?

Although some job advertisements ask for a resume and salary history, the two do not go together. Ideally, discussion about salary belongs in the interview, not on the resume. Indicating salary requirements before the interview may increase your chances of being screened out, or decrease your bargaining power during salary negotiations.

If you feel obligated to address salary history in order to fulfill the employer's application requirements, do so in your cover letter, not on your resume! Speak in generalities such as "My salary in previous positions ranged from $x to more than $y, accompanied by benefits." Or, simply indicate that you would like to discuss salary during the interview.

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