Downshifting: the sequel part III
April 17, 2013 3:36 PM Subscribe
Pursuant to two earlier questions
today regarding how to get jobs one is overqualified for, I was wondering about taking degrees and job titles off of my resume. Isn't that unethical? Won't it come up, eventually, that I have this whole other degree? If it matters, I'm a master's-degreed librarian with 10+ years' experience looking for work as a library assistant or in an lower-level university admin capacity.
I've sent out many, many resumes and cover letters over the course of the last year, and have been met with radio silence. I've had savvy people review my materials and have networked to the best of my abilities. I usually try to explain my reasons for wanting to step down or out of my current professional-track job as a desire for work that I don't take home with me (phrased a little fancier than that)*. For some jobs, I emphasize the aspect of the job description with which I'm particularly enamored--for example, with any job that has a writing component I stress my desire to move into a writing career.
But could it be that places are not calling me back because I'm in this very specific niche career, with a master's degree? I realize that having a master's degree in library science is not the height of glamour, but could it still be hurting my chances? Should I leave the master's degree off? How does one do that!? It also seems like it would be hard to fudge my very specific job title--"librarian."
*I realize that there are many lower-level office jobs where long hours and taking work home are expected--I'm aiming for university jobs specifically because it's my understanding that the culture's generally a little more laid back there.
Thank you, Metafilter, for any advice you can offer!