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How do you state that you took a demotion in order to go back to school for Master's Degree?

by Mary
(Yorkville, IL, USA)

My husband was a retail manager. This job entailed about 60 hours a week. He decided he wanted to take a different career path. He took a demotion and became a sales consultant within the same company. This position is 40 hours a week.

He did this so he could have the time go back to school to get his master's degree. How do I state this on his resume? I don't want to use the word demotion. By the way, the sales job is more money and better benefits.

Answer: Mary, honesty is usually the best approach. There is no reason to hide that he took a job with less responsibility and less hours so that he would have time to pursue an advanced degree. You can't really say all that in a resume, but you CAN say it in the cover letter, which is exactly what I would do in your husband's case.

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