Climbing Down the Ladder of Success
Prospective employers like candidates with simple lives and simple careers, careers that might be represented graphically as a straight line rising at a 45 degree angle. Always up. Never down.
Life is not always like that.
Explaining a Salary Reduction
One way to avoid having to explain a salary reduction is to avoid volunteering salary information in the first place and certainly not listing it gratuitously on your resumé. If, however, you do somehow find yourself in the position of having to explain a reduction, show how you traded opportunity—or something of real value—for money. For example:
• “The opportunity to work independently on special projects was more than worth the 14 percent reduction in ...