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Attn. Employers: Should I tone down my resume'?


I have worked as a professional designer and sales person, and have done project management for a builder in a larger metro area for 22 years. I am very knowledgable in the industry in every area and possess excellent customer skills. I have moved to a rural depressed area full of minimum wage jobs. There is no building market here to speak of. Thank God the cost of living is a lot lower too. I have resigned myself to the fact that I'll have to accept a lower-paying position, but I think local employers think I am over-qualified (which I am). I just want to get back to work, even if it is for 1/5 to 1/4 of my prior income. Should I tone down my resume' and just say I was in customer service (or something similar) and lie by saying I made much less? Thanks for your input.

You shouldn't lie but I wouldn't list what you made previously on the resume. A lot of employers don't ask about this so It might be a good idea not to offer it. I've been interviewing people for years and only about 5% of the resumes I see have salary numbers listed. You could tone down your responsibilities for previous positions. I wouldn't consider not listing every detail a lie. If you explain in the interview that you're looking to scale back a little you should be fine.

Don't lie. Just tell them why you have moved to the area and would settle for less pay.

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