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It is not really the most ethical practice to ask people to include the salary history on their resume. However, many companies do it, and ask applicants to do so directly in an ad.

If you decide to apply for one of these jobs, you should either include the salary history directly on your resume, or attach a separate page to your job application.

Similarly to any other parts of your job application, also the salary history is quite important. It matters how you compose it and what layout you use. We prepared for you a standard salary history template as well as some unique, more creative forms of salary history list.

But before you start to copy, paste and fill in the given layout, we should remind you couple of things:

  • You should be honest. It makes no sense to lie the employers or to pretend to be earning a superior salary. It is good to realize the fact that your past salaries have no connection with the salary in your new job. It is normal in the world that someone who was earning $30,000 one year before earns $50,000 now, in his new job.
  • Employers should feel that the salary was not the most important factor why you decided to apply for the job. You should somehow mention it either on your cover letter or on the resume.

 

Let’s have a look at some samples of salary history template, that are typically used in the United States.

 

Samples – feel free to use it

Template of simple salary history list, attached to your job application

Your Name
Your Address
Your Cell Phone Number
Your Email

Salary History

Position 1 (the most recent)
Name of the employer (address or website can be attached)
Duration
Annual Salary

Position 2
Name of the employer
Duration
Annual salary

Example:

 

Martin Jones
3333/222 Kensignton Road,
12021 New York City, NY
339494993284
martin@martin.com

Salary history

Marketing Manager
ATCT Ltd. (atctltd.com)
12/3/08 – Present
Annual Salary: $45,000

 

This is the most simple salary history template and provides the employer all the information he needs to know. However, if you want to be more creative, or if you are applying for a position where attention to detail is needed, you can and should use also more sophisticated and detailed salary history list. For example:

 

Marketing Manager
ATCT Ltd. (atctltd.com)
12/3/08 – Present
Starting annual salary: $38,000
Current annual salary: $45,000
Reason for raise: Achievements in marketing department
Reference: Martin Eagelson, Marketing Director, 0029339293

 

You know, in most of the cases you compete with many job seekers. That’s the condition of our economy right now. Therefor, you should always try to do something extra to catch the eye of the reader of your job application and to convince him to invite you for an interview. Such a detailed salary history template, but also a good way of communication with the employer can help you to achieve your goal to stand out from the crowd.

 

Mentioning salary directly on the resume

Some job seekers prefer to include the salary on the employment history section on their resume. However, we do not recommend to doing this. It may give the false impression that for you, the salary is the most important factor, when you decide about accepting a job offer.

Even if it is truth, it is not advisable to present it this way. Employers simply do not like this attitude. Therefor, we do not recommend you to mention anything about salaries on your resume or job application, if it is not an obligation set for you in the job advertisement.

At the end of the day, you can always negotiate better salary in an interview, using our salary negotiation tips. But before you get there, have a look at some interview portfolio preparation tips.

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