Q: I am senior in high school applying for new jobs, and I don’t feel comfortable sharing what I have made at past jobs because the ones I am looking at pay less. What should I do? Anxious in Anchorage
A: Dear Anxious, A well crafted cover letter to go along with your application can help answer any questions your employer has about why you are looking at a lower paying job. Try something like this.
I’ve worked at ________ for the past ____ years making _______ an hour. I’m interested in joining your company because of its reputation, the opportunity to learn more about the industry, and the location of your business in proximity to where I live (Or insert any other reasons you see fit here).
I realize that your business may not be able to pay me what I have been making in the past, but I am not looking for a job that necessarily pays the best; I’m looking for a job where I can experience working for the best.
By including a cover letter, you are doing something very few people do in an entry level job. You will stand out amongst a sea of applicants and perhaps get hired before anyone else. Let me know how it goes!