When I recruited I never asked people for their salary history and requirements in an initial conversation. It seemed tacky to me. Yet, many recruiters do, so this post offers a salary requirements example response.
When an Application Asks for Salary Requirements
1. Perhaps you shouldn’t apply for that job. Do you want to work for an unreasonable negotiator? Believe me, the abuse will continue.
2. Instead of applying online, use the personal approach described here.
3. If you do apply online, share a requirement that won’t eliminate you. You can negotiate later — when you have better information.
4. If you do apply online, respond to the “salary history” question by providing your current base salary.
Salary Requirements Example
If you get to write a narrative, say this:
“I have shared the compensation information you have requested. Please note that cash compensation, employee benefits, and other forms of compensation matter to me.
However, I plan to consider many factors in deciding whether or not to accept any job offer I receive.
My current base salary is $120,000. My employer also provides additional compensation and benefits.”
If you’re way out of their ballpark, you just saved everyone some time. If they think you might be under qualified, they will have to reach out to learn more about you.
Salary History Requests
Slowly but surely, jurisdictions are making it illegal to ask people about their salary histories.
Before you share compensation information, Google “Where is it illegal to ask about salary history?” Look for posts from the last few months.
You might not have to answer the salary history question.
Again, if that type of request has been outlawed in your city or state, ask yourself if you want to work for an unreasonable negotiator.
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Updated January 2019
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Donna Svei, an executive resume writer and former C-level executive, retained search consultant, and CPA, writes all of AvidCareerist’s posts. She has written for and been quoted by leading business, general, and career media outlets, including Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Ask.com, Social Media Today, IT World, SmartBrief, Payscale, Business News Daily, and the Muse. Let her background and experience inform your job search strategy and decision making.