An odd job situation
September 3, 2014 7:10 AM Subscribe
To put it simply: how can I get hired into a job that I'm way overqualified for?
I need a job that is lower-stress/lower-responsibility for at least the next two years. How do I, a dramatically overqualified person, present myself on cover letters and, god willing, in interviews?
I have an advanced degree and for many years have been employed in a profession along the lines of nurse or lawyer (but not actually either of these fields). Current job is driving me nuts and I would like out. Finding another job in current field is not an option, for a variety of reasons.
I have a clear idea of what I'd like to do in the long-term, but it will require at least a year and a half, realistically two years, of intensive personal study.
In the meantime, I'm hoping to land a job where I can put in my eight/nine hours and then be done with for the day. I have in my head that there's got to be some sort of office assistant job out there that pays $30,000 a year or so, that would be right for this. Basically, I would like to have a job where I can make money to live on for the next couple of years, without it consuming my every waking thought.
I'm wondering how to explain my way into a job like this. How do I phrase things on the cover letter?
It would make sense, I think, to try for an admin assistant-type job in the field that I'm hoping to move into. If that is the case, should I be upfront that I'm hoping to change careers into this field? Or would that make employers not want me because I am using the job as a stepping stone?
And of course, I could do things like volunteer somewhere in hopes of snagging a job when it comes open, but frankly right now I don't have room in my head or life for things like volunteering.
As always, thanks for your suggestions!