/ Asked by Carlotta
How do I prepare a cover letter with salary requirements for a state employer?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, May 13, 2016
Cover letters are always tricky because some recruiters and hiring managers value them and others do not.  The cover letter, like your resume, should be written in a way that draws in the reader and makes them want to learn more.  There are generally three purposes of a cover letter - to formally indicate your interest in and excitement about a job, to emphasize that you have done your homework about a company and a job, and to ask for consideration and next steps.  In this case, it is also to indicate salary requirements.  You should state your salary requirements in a similar manner as this - 'given my experience in the field of X, I prefer a salary of $XX per year, however, this is certainly negotiable.'  It is very important to indicate that it is negotiable, as you do not know what the employer is thinking regarding a salary for the position, so you do not want to immediately eliminate yourself if your requirements are far apart from theirs.  Leave yourself some wiggle room.
Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, May 16, 2016
Great question! In my experience, cover letters are not requested, but optional. However, when one is requested with information that some may think could affect your chances of getting an interview can be challenging. But the good news is there are ways to include the information without hurting one’s chances of getting an interview/ the job. If no specific instructions on how to include one’s salary requirements, there are a few options on how to do so. One can list a salary range, that way it gives both parties some flexibility. Before providing a salary range, make sure you have done your research on the position by using salary surveys/ salary calculators and most important make sure it is a realistic salary range. After listing the salary range, one can state that they are negotiable based on the position and overall compensation package – salary, benefits, vacation, etc. By stating you are negotiable/ flexible is key, that way it will keep one within the running and give both parties options once negotiating takes place.
For example, a way on how to present this information within one’s cover letter could look like this.
“Per your request, an acceptable salary range for this job, based on the description and my research, is (Insert Salary Range) not including benefits or supplements. My requirement is flexible and negotiable, depending on such factors as additional benefits, salary reviews, and increased advancement opportunities.”
Answered by Amanda, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Friday, May 20, 2016
Hello,  I would recommend doing internet searches for samples of cover letters. 
But your letter should have a few key paragraphs: 1)Introduction: where you found the posting and why you're interested in the role.  2) Body:  Why you're a fit for the role, what qualifications you  have - overview of your skills and why you're a fit in comparison to the job description  3) Closing: Indicate you are looking forward to next steps and your contact information.
I would not specifically put a salary requirement, but state within the body of the letter that you are sure the employer will pay based upon market and experience and will be open to discussions at the time of interviews.
Best regards! Amanda
 
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Friday, May 20, 2016
First, a bit of advice. Only include salary expectations in your cover letter if it has been specifically requested on the hiring requisition or requested by the hiring manager. If not, wait until the appropriate time comes to have this discussion. This may be in conversation during the interview process or immediately after you receive an offer. If salary expectations have been requested, you should use the majority of the letter (still no more than 1 page) to highlight your areas of expertise and interest and then mention salary in the last paragraph or in closing. The letter should not focus on your salary expectations, but rather focus on you and why you would be great in the position, and thus worthy of your expectation. In all cases, do yourself a favor and be flexible using a range rather than a specific amount. This leaves the door open for negotiation and shows you are flexible. Some other things to keep in mind – If you suspect the position for which you’re applying pays less than what you currently make, you can state your current salary, followed by your flexibility to negotiate should that be outside of their salary range. If you don’t want to give away your exact salary and leave room for negotiations, use a ballpark figure. “My current salary, including bonuses, etc. is in the 50’s”.
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