Salary plays an important role in a job seeker's decision to apply for a position. Likewise, a job seeker’s salary requirement plays a big role in a firm's decision to interview and hire an individual. Employers sometimes ask potential employees to include their salary requirement on their resume as a way of weeding out prospects who seek a salary higher than the company budget allows. This information also helps companies successfully negotiate salary when an employee is hired. While all employers don’t request salary requirements before an interview, it does happen occasionally. Applicants must be prepared to share their salary requirement or risk missing out on a potential job opportunity.
Review your resume and job history to come up with a list of knowledge, skills and abilities you’ve obtained over the years. Take an inventory of your past salary history, paying special attention to positions that are closely related to the one where you’re applying.
Research the industry of the job you’re applying for to come up with a realistic salary range. There are multiple options you can use to figure out your optimum pay while taking your career history, education, location, skills and abilities, and the size of the company where you’re applying into account. You can you use the “Occupational Outlook Handbook” to get a general idea of salary ranges for the position. Websites such as Salary.com, PayScale.com and SalaryExpert.com can also give you general guidelines for a reasonable salary range.
Include your salary requirement at the bottom of your resume. You want to give the hiring manager an opportunity to review your experience, skills and education before he sees how much you’re requesting for your salary.
Negotiate your salary if you are offered the position, but the pay offer falls too far below the requirement you listed on your resume. Don’t undervalue your services and skills by accepting a position for less than your target range. Use the information you gathered regarding the average salary for the position to discuss a possible increase with your potential employer. Reiterate your skills and accomplishments from your previous places of employment. If your employer says the salary is standard, ask the employer if he’d be open to a six-month review with the possibility of an increase based on performance