I’m always getting questions from my clients about how they should give their salary history to a potential employer.
Personally, I like to give it verbally, than in writing, but that’s not always an option for everyone. So use these guidelines to help you.
Best Format to Submit Salary History Requests
Here are the best ways to submit your salary history requests, with the key word being “requests.” Don’t volunteer this information, only give it if you are asked.
- Submit salary history requests in your cover letter.
- Submit salary history requests during your first phone interview.
- Submit salary history requests in on-line applications.
- Submit salary history requests verbally over the phone when you are first contacted.
More often than not, you’ll be asked for your salary requirements than your salary history. If you are asked to supply this information in written form or verbally, it is best to give a range. For example, $50,000 to $65,000. Or, low to mid $70s. You know what you are worth, so avoid over-pricing yourself.
Hiring managers have a very good idea of the talent they can get for their money and will generally have a very good idea of your worth. If you’re too high, they’ll either pass or offer you a lower amount. If you’re lower than expected, they probably give you a big raise and pay you what you are worth.
Contrary to popular belief, employers are not out to hire you for the least amount of money. If they did this, they would continue to lose employees to their competitors who are willing to pay market rates for top talent.