Aug 16, 2018 - 04:27 AM
Many jobseekers want to know if it's a good idea to talk about salary in a cover letter. Generally speaking, the answer is no. However, there may be some instances in which doing so is acceptable or even required.
According to Fast Company, you shouldn't bother applying for a position that's salary is too low for you. Most employers include a number in the job ad because it is what the company can afford, and most are able to fill a position even if the monetary compensation is lower than standard. However, if you're not desperate for a job but are just interested in putting your negotiation skills to the test, it never hurts to ask.
In fact, according to Fast Company, people who do ask for a higher salary are often the reason that employers change their tunes. Often, employers don't understand the going rate for a certain profession or try to get away with recruiting top talent for minimum wage. If enough people ask for more money, the right employer may oblige.
If the job description asks you to name a salary, that's different, as you are now required to throw out a number. The resume samples at LiveCareer demonstrate how to address salary requirements in the best possible way.