When you are requested by a potential employer to include your salary requirements in your cover letter, be prepared by knowing your worth. Using your knowledge around what salary is commensurate with your skills and experience will give you an edge in writing your cover letter.
However, you may occasionally find during your job search that a potential employer will require you to include your salary requirements in the initial cover letter. Typically, this request is designed to ensure that the employer is only considering candidates whose salary requirements fall within the range they have budgeted for the role.
In this instance, there is no way around it: you must include a salary range in your cover letter. But how do you make a cover letter that mentions your salary needs without eliminating yourself from the position right out of the gate? Read our example cover letter with salary requirements below, to get some ideas on how you can write your own.
And for more about negotiating your salary, check out our article Salary Negotiation Mistakes to Avoid, which explains how to negotiate the best salary possible.
Example Cover Letter with Salary Requirements:
Dear Ms. Kindig,
My varied customer service and training experience, along with my extensive educational background, make me an ideal candidate for the corporate trainer position posted in the Careers section of your website. Much of my previous work experience has been in customer service, and the tools and techniques I have learned from this industry transfer directly to the skills outlines in your job post, including effective written and verbal communication, facilitating group discussions, problem solving, developing rapport, organizing, meeting goals, and managing groups.
My extensive educational background, bachelor’s degree in marketing, and postgraduate work in teaching and counseling will help me add new perspectives and ideas to your department. I know I can be a key player on your training team, and I would like the chance to prove that to you.
Per your request, an acceptable salary range for this job, based on the description and my research, is 50-55K, not including benefits or supplements. My requirement is flexible and negotiable, depending on such factors as additional benefits, the opportunity to earn bonuses, and opportunities for advancement. Thank you for your time and consideration.
For more information related to salary and salary negotiation, check out our article Salary Negotiation and Job Offer Tools and Resources for Jobseekers.
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123 Main Street, Stateland, ST, 99999
Home: (555) 123-9876
December 18, 2013
1095 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018
Finance and Real Estate Paralegal
Dear Hiring Manager,
If you are searching for a highly efficient and self-motivated Paralegal to successfully support the day to day activites of your Attorneys, I have the qualifications ideally suited for a position with Dechert LLP
My experience in paralegal operations, drafting and filing motions, case management, procedural compliance, client relations and team leadership within the legal profession coupled with my adaptability and determination, will certainly make me a valuable asset to your team. I have demonstrated the ability to perform and coordinate large-scale paralegal functions in an efficient and productive manner, while maintaining exemplary standards of accuracy and attention to detail.
Enclosed is my resume. Some of my key strengths include:
- Demonstrated capacity to complete and improve legal administration processes, analyze complex issues, manage/motivate teams and attain major administrative goals.
- Productive contributor to team projects and self-managed tasks, with the ability to consistently deliver multiple concurrent projects within strict deadlines.
- Gifted communicator, adept at forming strong relationships with clients, employees and management at all levels.
My salary requirements are negotiable based upon the position and the overall total compensation package, including benefits, however my requirement are in the $43,000.00 to $50,000.00 range. have attached my resume for your review and I look forward to speaking with you further regarding your available position.