Certain companies and recruitment agencies request for a salary history from job applicants, and use this as a criteria to gain insights on the perceived value of their candidates.
Here is a sample Salary History to guide you while creating yours.
Sample Salary History
STEVEN A. WRITER
Head Research & Development
People Search, Inc.
Director of Human Resources
Anderson Publishing Service, Inc.
Up to $85,000: commission-based
National Van Lines
Director of Recruiting
Professional Career Consultants
Writer and Branch Manager
Up to $29,000: commission-based
In general, never include salary requirements unless requested by the employer, but also consider:
You could add: “Current salary requirements are open to negotiation and depend on variables such as benefits, geographic location and advancement potential.”
If salary requirements are requested, you could add something like this in your cover letter: “Currently seeking a position in the upper $90,000’s ($80,000’s, etc.) per year.” (Caution! This could label you as over- or under-priced for the position. That’s one reason they ask for a salary history in the first place.)
Remember the survey of more than 200 employers who said they would still consider you even if you didn’t include requested salary information; add only if you feel it’s essential, on a case- by-case basis