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Accepting a Lower-level Administrative Job

Accepting a Lower-level Administrative Job

One of our followers asked me to blog about accepting a lower-level admin job. She wrote, “In this economy, more admins are finding themselves in this situation. Can it impact future hiring possibilities like it can in other professions?”

Here is my take on this as an employer. If I were to see a resume for an Executive Assistant or Administrative Assistant and looked at that person’s work history and saw career progression other than in one place, I would think to myself any of the following:

“What happened that created this person to accept a position that may be considered a step back in their profession?”

“Something must have happened that caused this person to take a step back.” There are so many things can affect our career choices ranging from finances to spouse’s career, children, aging parents, the economy and more.

A red flag would go up if I saw one step forward, one step back, one step forward, one step back and so on. Or if I saw one step forward, two steps back. A potential employer is looking at the overall career path. If you had enough on your resume to peak my interest and place you in the competition, I would ask you what happened when I met you in person.

Over the past year, I have read and heard numerous stories of people with degrees taking full time jobs at Pizza Hut! With what has gone on this year, everyone is going to be more understanding in the future when they start staffing up again.

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