Some job descriptions will require the applicant to list their salary expectations in their cover letter. A lot of job seekers simply don't feel comfortable saying what they want to make. They are afraid they could disqualify themselves before they even have a chance for an interview. You can make this a little easier by researching the typical nonprofit salaries but if you still feel uncomfortable, there are ways to fulfill the employer's request while still avoiding an overly specific answer:
- Provide a list of the salaries you received in your career so far. For example, you could say "I've earned X amount of dollars in my career so far, and I would be happy to discuss a potential salary with you in the future."
- Use ballpark figures to describe your desired salary (i.e. "I expect to get a salary in the low six-figures").
- If you have a feeling that the job is going to pay less than your previous position, you can mention your previous salary but say you are willing to be flexible.