A resume is a tool that should showcase your job experience, but some people take it one step further, adding salary information for a fresh graduate job offer, before it is requested. They may attempt salary negotiations for a position they haven't even interviewed for yet too! The irony of it all is that it can be the quickest way to make sure you don’t even get an interview in the first place. Take a look at some of these ways that others have tried to convince a future employer to close a deal, by showcasing salary before it's time to talk money for new grad jobs:
1. Putting it Out There in the Career Objective - Professional resume writers ask that you give a succinct statement about your future career goals. Being employed in a Fortune 100 job making $100,000/year for an entry level job only shows you’re unrealistic, not ambitious.
2. Fibbing About Previous Salaries - If you’re asked to provide salary information, you can do so in the text of an email or a cover letter, not on the resume. However, be aware that your prospective employer can verify your previous salary and will disqualify you if you lie.
3. Detailing Stats on Average Salaries for Your Profession - Your employer already knows. Only bring it up after negotiations begin.
4. Making Yourself a Bargain - Some job seekers undercut their own salary and advertise it on their resumes, thinking they will compete better on the market. This doesn’t scream “bargain” to an employer, just "desperate." It can actually disqualify you.
You can always check out salary ranges for top employers on job advertisements by signing up with FirstJob.com. Stay informed so that when an employer does ask, you are within the ballpark for your chosen profession.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.