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Old 09-17-2012, 02:20 AM
 
Location: Lehighton/Jim Thorpe area
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So it's like this: I'm a freelance journalist, and work isn't as plentiful as it was when I first started my freelance career, plus to be honest the constant hustle and bustle is wearing me out. I recently earned a master's degree with the intention of transitioning into a public relations career, but I'm (understandably) having a tough time finding a job in that field right now too. I'm going to continue looking but in the meantime I just want a regular job to bring in a steady income for now. This means customer service, data entry jobs... whatever.

Unfortunately when potential employers see that I have a master's degree, they immediately become concerned that either a.) I'm overqualified for their job or b.) if I do get the job I'll leave within a few months once I find a job in my field. I'm not saying that these things aren't untrue but I need to make money.

Would it be equivalent to "lying" on my resume to omit my advanced degree? Or should I just do what I need to for now in order to get a job?
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:26 AM
 
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Omitting it is not lying. If they straight up ask you (in person or on a form) what your highest level of education is, then you'd be required to tell the truth. However, if you feel that it will help landing an interview, by all means, omit it.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:28 AM
 
Location: Lehighton/Jim Thorpe area
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Omitting it is not lying. If they straight up ask you (in person or on a form) what your highest level of education is, then you'd be required to tell the truth. However, if you feel that it will help landing an interview, by all means, omit it.
What about in online applications though? Most companies seem to have these and want this information in addition to resumes.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:54 AM
 
Location: www.nhadat.com.vn
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Omitting it is not lying. If they straight up ask you (in person or on a form) what your highest level of education is, then you'd be required to tell the truth. However, if you feel that it will help landing an interview, by all means, omit it.
Yep, I agree with you, omitting is not lying.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:57 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I would omit it as well. Like the other posters said, it isn't lying. Good luck in your search.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Pit of filth
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Just be sure to read the online application. Many that I have seen recently are adding a phrase about omitting information is grounds for termination. Seems to me that since it is our personal history we should be able to pick and choose what we want employers to know about us but.....
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I have admitted some advanced education from my resume when applying for a lesser position. I only list skills/education that are relevant to the position I'm applying for.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Lehighton/Jim Thorpe area
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Just be sure to read the online application. Many that I have seen recently are adding a phrase about omitting information is grounds for termination. Seems to me that since it is our personal history we should be able to pick and choose what we want employers to know about us but.....
The phrase I've seen is that you verify everything on the application is true and correct. So everything would be true, I'm just choosing not to tell them everything.

My concern is that some online applications ask for the highest level of education.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Providence
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I have admitted some advanced education from my resume when applying for a lesser position. I only list skills/education that are relevant to the position I'm applying for.
Me too, I frequently leave off my J.D. It's like having leprosy.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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Me too, I frequently leave off my J.D. It's like having leprosy.
Ooo, I almost went for a JD. Never thought of this.
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