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Old 09-01-2009, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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So I know a girl that lost her job...it was a very low level job, admin/secretarial work. She has been out of work for about 2 months or so, and has had a couple of interviews in that time. She has no real professional experience that I know of; she lives off an inheritance from her father and has been teaching pilates and dance alongside her low level admin work for the last few years.

My question is...do you think those of us with degrees and solid work experience are having a tougher time finding work? And should we dumb down our resumes, remove our degrees, remove all professional work...just so we can get lower level jobs and pay our bills? I haven't had one interview in 2 months time, and I am very well qualified in my field. I have tried applying for all kinds of positions and changing my resume, and tailoring it to the job, and nothing works. Was wondering if dumbing it down to almost nothing is what I need to do next? What are you guys' opinions on this?
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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I do it all the time.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I have already sort of done it with a recent re-do, but I haven't gone so far as to remove my education and professional work.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:32 AM
 
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When you have alot experience, I think you scare the employers.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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I've done it but haven't gotten far.
My new one is going to be 'clueless stay at home mom who wants a job.'
I will go to places or email places hiring and just say I am looking for hours around my son's school. I will say I have been out of work for years but ready to return. (sort of true).


I think it may be the only way to get into low level jobs, though it's depressing to think I will have to bust my butt for a lousy $200 a week.
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I did it to try and get a part time gig.... apparently I didn't do it enough. I've applied at 6 different places and every one of them has told me I'm far too overqualified. I took off my degrees, most of my work experience, most of my computer experience and quite a chunk of my personal experience. Still.... nothing.

Next time I'm just going to apply and my resume is going to say "GED, can type 15 wpm, lackluster computer and personal skills, general apathy for working"

Betcha I'd get 5 offers right off the bat.
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I did it to try and get a part time gig.... apparently I didn't do it enough. I've applied at 6 different places and every one of them has told me I'm far too overqualified. I took off my degrees, most of my work experience, most of my computer experience and quite a chunk of my personal experience. Still.... nothing.

Next time I'm just going to apply and my resume is going to say "GED, can type 15 wpm, lackluster computer and personal skills, general apathy for working"

Betcha I'd get 5 offers right off the bat.
Lol well at least that gave me a chuckle. And you are probably right...
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:09 PM
 
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Well, maybe it's time for me to axe the MBA. Of course, I only axe it in my head. The truth is I haven't even been looking to put out a resume with it axed. In other words, I haven't looked. I am too darn depressed about everything to even try. I must snap out of this - maybe next Monday will be the day. It sure isn't today.

I find it thoroughly demoralizing that I should have to remove degrees and qualifications. I find it even more demoralizing to think I might apply at McDonalds or a retail outlet. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be reading a thread like this.
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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When you have alot experience, I think you scare the employers.
That's not it, really. The problem with "overqualification," from an employer's perspective, is that a person who is under-utilizing their education and experience (a) will potentially not invest themselves much in performing the lower-level job, and (b) are likely to keep looking for a job that is better suite to their background - such that the employer will have invested in training, etc. only to lose the person after a short while.
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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That's not it, really. The problem with "overqualification," from an employer's perspective, is that a person who is under-utilizing their education and experience (a) will potentially not invest themselves much in performing the lower-level job, and (b) are likely to keep looking for a job that is better suite to their background - such that the employer will have invested in training, etc. only to lose the person after a short while.

Your not an HR person?
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