by Jimmy Sweeney,
How Do I Write a Cover Letter with Salary Requirements?
Learning how to write salary requirements into a cover letter isn’t too difficult; but, you must first understand whether the employer is seeking salary requirements or salary history. The words to clue in on are “requirements” and “history.”
Salary requirements outline your needs or expected salary today. Jobseekers base salary requirements on a variety of variables; i.e. current salary and expected salary. Not sure which is right for you? Research typical salary requirements for the position you’re currently holding as well as the one you’re targeting. Compare the two salaries. You may be performing the exact same job at your present employer compared to those you’re targeting; however, you may learn that you’re underpaid or possibly even over-compensated at your current job. Listing expected salary into your cover letter needs only be one or two lines … something like “My current position pays $30,000 base with additional stock options and other miscellaneous perks, therefore, my starting base for joining your company couldn’t be lower than $42,000.”
A salary history includes your starting and ending salary for each position, including commission, stock options, and so on. Since a salary history is in-depth, it’s usually contained within a separate sheet rather than a cover letter. Incorporating a simple sentence, such as “My preliminary salary requirements are from $34,000 to $55,000, depending upon the benefit package offered by your company.” could do the trick, but it’s likely the hiring company is seeking more from you. You might note, “I’m willing to discuss a different range, once we speak about the scope of the position.”
Individualized Cover Letters?
Unlike a resume, a cover letter must be unique and personalized for each position so it cannot be copied. Ensuring the entire document is completely typed, without any hand-written notations, will reflect a professional document. Unlike a fax sheet, resist the temptation of taking the easy way out with cover letters.How Can I Make My Cover Letter Unique?
Let’s say there are dozens of other qualified candidates applying for the same position. Your cover letter and resume are well crafted, yet they blend in with the others. Adding a quote from The Book of Positive Quotations, compiled and arranged by John Cook, can contribute visual appeal, especially if you select one that relates to your work ethics or personal attributes. Another tactic my office uses is to include snippets from letters of recommendation. Statements from an employer or existing customer can add great value to a standard cover letter. Ensure that you give credit to the person that originally made the comment and obtain permission to use the comment if possible.
What Does “Attachment” Mean at the End of a Cover Letter?
Proper business format dictates that when a letter is joined by adjacent documents, the letter should indicate so. You can outline the types of documents attached, such as the resume, references, or letters of recommendation. Change the word to be plural (attachments) should it be necessary.
How Do I Properly Address the Letter?
Using a correct business format will show the letter recipient that you are professional.Â Addressing the letters accurately includes the proper spelling of names while including the person’s position title and full company address. For example:
January 2, 2005
John McNeil, Director of Operations
S3 Plastics Corporation, Inc.
242118 Corporate Way
San Antonio, TX 78227
Dear Mr. McNeil: