My resume makes me seem over-educated for the jobs I'm qualified for.
June 11, 2013 11:38 AM Subscribe
I have a BA and an MA and I think I'm being bypassed for entry-level jobs that I'm applying for because I seem overeducated. How can I address this in a cover letter?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (19 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I have a BA and an MA in a social sciences field. I didn't really get the MA expecting to get work in my field; there were no jobs and I enjoyed school and I had funding, so I did it. Fast forward about two years: I have been employed in an admin assistant-type job at a small company where I am overworked and underpaid and there is virtually no upward mobility. I am applying to other jobs, primarily at the three universities in my area, but I'm having no luck, even though I have a lot of fairly diverse admin and customer service experience.
How can I bypass the 'MA = overqualified for office monkey work' barrier? Should I mention in my cover letter something along the lines of 'I loved my time at University of Metafilter so much that I stuck around for an extra degree. I'd love to come back and work for you!'
I can't just leave it off because then there will be a two year gap, which doesn't look good either.
This is all very frustrating. Help?