Karen James Chopra: Hi, I am Karen Chopra, I am a career counselor in Washington DC and now we are going to talk about how to deal with salary question?
Host: Should I address salary questions in my cover letter?
Karen James Chopra: Employers often ask in want ads for you to provide salary history or salary requirements in the cover letter and I usually advise clients not to do it. They are looking for information to eliminate you from consideration before they have even interviewed you and so there is almost never a good reason to include that information in a cover letter, unless the cover later is going to a headhunter. Headhunters are the one exception to the 'don't talk about salary' rule. A headhunter does expect to know, what it is that you need to make, but if it is the cover letter that's going to a company, don't include salary information or salary history in the letter. If you are worried that they are seeing if you are detail oriented and focusing on all of the question that they have asked, indicate that you asked for salary history and I have been paid a competitive salary at all of I my previous position and indicate that you have read the question but still don't offer up a number.