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Taking a lower graded job

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WipsGlitter Wed 08-May-13 20:13:17

I was made redundant in 2010 and since then have done two mat covers (currently on the second one) and between them six months as a SAHM. I'm applying for other jobs as this one ends at the end of August, and have an interview on Monday, but technically it's a lower graded job - down to officer level from manager level (although the money is ok/same-ish).

If I got it, and took it as an interim stepping stone (I just want a breathing space with a 'permanent' post) would it go against me later if I was looking to step up to manager level roles again?

WipsGlitter Wed 08-May-13 21:24:02


emess Sun 12-May-13 21:54:15

It's probably up to you how you present the job. Is it within the same organisation? If not then it should be easy; if it is then you may need to be a bit smarter. In either case, talk up any parts of the lower-graded job which added to your experience, your expertise, brought you into contact with a different department, was the opposite of what you did before (eg back-office vs customer-facing for example, or vv) or anything else which you could describe as "personal development".

I'd rather employe someone (like you) who has been prepared to take a lower-graded job to 'keep their hand in' rather than someone who sat around waiting for the "right" grade of job to come along and lost their momentum / experience as a result.

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