If you have been fired, terminated, laid off or just left a job because you couldn't work with an idiot of a boss, then you are likely already job hunting.
As times go by, days turning into months, and if you can't find that perfect dream job, each day will sap your confidence. Eventually, you will take everything even the salary is way below what you are used to and what you need to continue the life style of your choice.
I know it hurts, I know the pain because I've been there too. But hold on, don't embarrass yourself and what you bring to the table. Tell the next company what you used to receive and that you are looking at minimum the same but preferable a little bit more. Good luck. Someone out there is waiting for just you!
Lowering your compensation doesn’t make your job search easier — it just raises questions in a hiring manager’s mind. Those questions are reasonable. Your story is your brand. Your drastic price is probably not going to make you a more appealing candidate to many employers except the ones who cannot grow your flame anyway. Get a consulting business card and start talking with everyone you can about your consulting business. It will be easier to get consulting work on an hourly basis than to get a new top job in a hurry. Sign up with contract agencies and interim/ temp firms if you want to catering job.come back.