CV Writing Tips: How To Indicate Salary Expectations

Posted by | September 19, 2016 | Scholarships_CareerTips

“When a job application asks for my salary expectations can I leave it out and would this affect my chances of landing a job? And most important, where should I quote my salary expectations?” asks Ms. Valentine Mukholwe in an email

Many jobs require candidates to mention their salary requirements. As an applicant it is important to note that if the advertisement does not ask for it, do not bother mentioning. Lack of inclusion will not land you an interview as an employer views you as a person who cannot follow instructions.

There are two methods to place it: the first method is to state that your salary requirements are negotiable based on the position and the benefits. The second way is to include a range based on a salary research you have done.

How to indicate salary expectations in a CV

“This is usually placed right before listing your referees. The reasons for not placing it before is that it allows the employer to first view your skills, knowledge and experience instead of judging you by your salary,” confirms Melody Mwendwa, a career advisor and Certified CV Writer at corporate Staffing Services.

Example of how to put it: “My current salary is Kshs. 20, 000 per month and I expect a salary in the range of Kshs. 25,000 to Kshs. 35,000 monthly.”

How to indicate the salary expectations on the cover letter

A cover letter is your pitch sales. When it comes to stating your salary expectations, state it after the third paragraph just before you thank the employer for taking the time to consider your application.

Example of how to state it: “As per your request and basing on my understanding of the job responsibilities listed in the ad plus the value I bring to your organization, my salary expectations fall in the range of Kshs. 25,000 to Kshs. 35, 000 per month.

Salary expectations must be based on your current or last salary making sure that it is practical. For example, if you earn Kshs. 20, 000 do not state that you expect a Kshs. 60, 000 salary. While this might be your dream salary a 300% increase is over the line. Quote a reasonable range.