Overqualified but want the job
November 4, 2012 11:35 AM Subscribe
Overqualified but want the job: How do I get an interview?
posted by trillian to Work & Money (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've read previous questions about the "overqualified" curse, but I'm hoping to get some more specific advice. I have been working in my current job since July. I really want to leave it: I don't want to work full time (my son is 2 and I want to spend more time with him), I don't like working from home, the job involves travel (which I don't want to do), the job is really stressing me out, etc.
I found a part-time administrative assistant job at a local organization (where I've worked before, but in a different department). I've never been an admin but my jobs have always had an administrative component, and I don't mind that kind of work. (I'm very organized and like being that way.) The job requires a college degree (which I have, and also a master's) and one year of admin experience, but I have about 10 years of communications experience.
I want this job because:
-This org gives part-time employees some benefits, which is rare around here.
-It's 20 hours a week, which I want.
-It pays pretty well.
-It's a job where you can leave work at work (good when you have a toddler at home).
-The org is 10 mins. from my house.
-I have friends who work at this org.
-It doesn't involve a lot of writing, which I need a break from.
-The field interests me (women's health/research).
I do very well in interviews, so my goal right now is to just get an interview. I think I should leave my M.A. off my resume, but what else should I do? I'm thinking functional resume, for one. My current title is "senior manager of blah blah blah," but I don't manage anyone and the title doesn't really fit. My previous job was "coordinator of blah blah blah." I'm worried that if they see the senior title, they'll drop my application in the trash. (If I leave it off, it'll look like I haven't worked since June.) But I don't want a job like mine -- I want a job with less responsibility and fewer hours, mostly because my son is my priority right now. Help?