I was looking for information regarding resumes with salary histories. I am
applying for a job and it is requesting salary requirement. I have never had
a job that had salary pay only hourly paid wage. How would I add this to
my resume? Do you think it would be ok to add a heading on my resume
SALARY: No salary wage. Or what would you do in this case?
The Career Doctor responds:
Everyone please repeat after me: Never never ever put salary information anywhere
on your resume. If you decide to include salary information with your job application
always place the information on a separate piece of paper. But it’s a big if whether
you should even bother sending the salary requirement information.
Let me first talk about resumes. A resume is a key selling tool that you develop to
get your foot in the door — to get you an interview. A resume is a statement of facts:
education skills accomplishments work history. Things that do not belong on
resumes: personal information names of supervisors and salary/wage information.
Finally always proofread carefully; a resume should have no spelling errors or typos.
Back to salary histories/requirements. There are a number of reasons why employers
are interested in this information but the biggest one is the fact that knowledge is power
in job-hunting. When the employer has your salary history and salary requirements
then the employer has power over you when it comes to making you a job offer. Your
biggest issue will be deciding whether to include any salary information when you
submit your application. There are risks for either decision so take the time to
consider this issue carefully. Don’t include salary information and risk be eliminated
immediately; include it and risk being seen as over- or underpaid.
Learn lots more about resume writing in the
Resume Resources section of Quintessential Careers.
Read more about the whole issue of salary histories/requirements in my
to Requests for Salary Requirements or Salary Histories: Strategies and Suggestions
published on Quintessential Careers.