I'm not overqualified, I'm unemployed and looking for part-time work.
October 23, 2012 12:03 PM Subscribe
I'm having a difficult time finding part-time work. I think it's because I'm overqualified. Um, help?
posted by patheral to Work & Money (14 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Well, there could be a lot of reasons. I've been out of the workforce for about four or so years while getting my Master's degree (two + years for BA then 1 1/2 years for MA then about a year looking for work). Plus, I have medical issues which keep me from working full time. I know I can work part-time admin or part time doing just about anything but retail (too much standing and in most retail situations "part-time" means anything below 40 hours). The government says I'm not disabled and now I have student loans to pay off. My honey can support us both, but my loans are not his responsibility. I need to work enough to at least pay my loans off.
Here's the problem, I have tons of admin experience and retail experience. I have oodles of computer experience, database experience, customer service experience, and know my way around most office equipment blindfolded. I'd be an asset to any office. But because of my health issues, the positions I want are low-key, entry level, not too much stress. Something I can go in, do my work, and leave.
Temp work is out because most of them are full-time positions but temporary. I tried temp work when I first moved here. Temp work was my bread and butter for years, but now a full day's work drains me. Two days work, one week recovering. It's too much. I tried subbing after temping and it's the same... Eight hours ain't gonna cut it. Four hours I can handle. That's about what I was doing in college, and it worked fine.
So here's my question, because I'm not getting any responses from employers, and the few I get are that I'm overqualified. Other than outright lying (or lying by omission) on the applications and my resume, how can I convince employers who are seeking part-time candidates that I'm honestly looking for long-term, part-time employment? It seems that all they see is a graduate degree and over 15 years of experience in the field. I'm stumped.