Should I Put My Expected Salary in My Resume?

Should I put expected salary in my resume?

I am preparing my resume. Should I put expected salary in my resume?

Salary plays an important factor in deciding whether you are to accept or reject a job offer. After all, not many would be willing to jump to another job if the pay does not meet the expectation. You have worked hard enough and driven the company through a series of notable achievements. Now you want a respectable figure to justify your switch to another company.

There are conflicting opinions on whether the expected resume should be put in the resume. Some say you should, some say this is not necessary.

Perhaps we can revisit the purpose of writing and sending the resume. It is imperative to realize that resume will NOT get you a job. Rather, it gets you into the screening stage. The subsequent screening will decide if you are to be hired or rejected.

In other words, a resume is prepared in such a way that the prospective employers will be enticed to know more about you since your resume indicates that you are a potential match to the candidate they are looking for. Therefore, the resume should focus on outlining your academic background, employment history, skills and accomplishments (professional and academic).

Once a candidate is shortlisted as potential hire, the next screening begins. This includes phone interview, face to face interview and hiring decision.  The salary negotiation belongs to this next stage.

In conclusion, it is wise not to put your expected salary down in the resume yet. But well, it’s you who decide.

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