Should I disclose my salary history?

Should I disclose my salary history? Topic: Letter application examples
July 19, 2019 / By Janis
Question: I am looking to apply for a position in a large city and they require your salary history. I currently live in a very small town and thus pay is almost half of that where I am applying. How do I address this to HR in my cover letter so that they understand I know what I am doing and they should pay me accordingly and not like I am here in this po-dunk town. One of the reasons I am asking this: I had an interview and when we got to the discussion of salary and I stated what I had been making- the recruiter laughed. The posting was for 32-45k and wanted 2-5 experience and I had 7. Their final offer was 32... and more or less said that it was because i never made that b4. (needless to say I turned them down....and seriously thought about my attorney!)
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Ethel Ethel | 2 days ago
Take a look at some of the online salary calculators to see what the cost of living difference is between your current location and the new job location. I've had several employers that requested past salary amounts so it doesn't seem too odd of a question. From the employers point of view, think of the following: - Is this person going to be too expensive for the company? - If you are already being paid well above their funding for the position, they may tell you up front that you are too expensive. Example: If I'm a nurse making $80K and the position only pays $60K, they will probably just let me know that I'm too expensive for them. - Is the person making too little for the going market rate? This could be a sign that the candidate is not doing very well and they may need to follow up with more questions. When you go to calculate your compensation request, make sure to account for the cost of living adjustment as well as any adjustments you would have expected a raise from your former employer. Is the position requiring salary information in your cover letter or just on the job application? If it has to go into your cover letter, I'd list the salary history and just add a note that indicates that you are aware of the cost of living and would expect an adjustment to account for that, should you be accepted for the position.
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Ethel Originally Answered: When adopting a child is it necessary to disclose your HIV status?
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In a cover letter, it would be better to explain the level of your duties instead of your compensation. When you are putting in salary, HR understands about market variations. Your costs will be higher, but make sure that you include the total compensation (so you could say something like (salary is 35000, plus benefits) If you've done your research, you'll know the average salary for your position in the 'big city'. Stand firm on that - there's no reason they should get you to work for them 'on the cheap'. best of luck
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