I Got a Work Demotion. Will I Look Under-Qualified on a Resume?

Here's a hard worker who got a work demotion because her boss didn't know how to delegate. Now she's afraid her resume's going to attract another low-level job. What should she do so she doesn't look under-qualified on a resume?

By the way, you may remember Keesha wrote in with another question: I'm over-qualified. Should I dumb-down my resume?

Will I Look Under-Qualified With a Work Demotion on my Resume?

In the last year I've worked with a newbie executive who could not delegate and/or who truly did not get the value of a highly skilled support person. So, my job class was lowered and my title was changed because he wasn't seen as "executive level." And, because the rest of the leadership team is of the same mind-set of "doing it myself," I have been assigned many tasks that reflect my boss's poor use of my skills.

How do I sidestep the decrease in value without being negative on a resume? Should I list the lower-level tasks at that job when true executive support was provided? I don't want to look under-qualified on my resume.
- Keesha (not her real name)

How to Handle a Work Demotion on a Resume

Hello Keesha,
Your resume is not a confessional. You don't have to list every task you performed. List only achievements and projects that you're proud of and relate to the executive level you want to work at in your next job.

Here's a rule of thumb that will help you decide what to put on your resume and what to leave off...

Don't put anything on your resume you don't want to do again.

Think of your resume as your next job description. If you performed duties that you don't want to do on your next job, don't list them on your resume. It's that simply!

I'm sure that with 25 years of experience, you have many achievements that required the high skill-level you want to use on your next job. Stick to writing about only those achievements and ignore the ones you don't want to repeat.

Best to you in your next executive support role!