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Jo Miller -- Money matters, or does it? Columnist and life coach Jo Miller says some people are willing to take lower paying jobs for gains in other areas. Here's an example:

After nearly eight months of searching, I am finally in the running for a new job. I would be taking a pay cut, and a promotion would not be possible for at least one year. Since I've been out of work so long, not accepting it is not an option, and their salary cap is bedrock firm. How would I spin this to a future employer? All I can do is tell the truth, but would most employers look at this step back as a prudent choice in a horrible job market, or would they disregard my previous, higher level experience?

Aha -- I agree -- definitely tell the truth, and don't avoid the topic either. You need some creative answers to that question "why did you take the job?" Hardly anyone in their right mind ever answers "for the money."

There are legitimate reasons why some people take lower paying jobs: a better lifestyle, more humane hours, flexibility, to work with more interesting people, to acquire new skills, or to change career or industry.

Does the job fit any of those scenarios? Is there a different skill or responsibility you would be taking on that you can highlight? For example, "I promised myself that my next career move would include the opportunity to learn about marketing."

Jo Miller is a columnist and life coach.

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