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#1 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:16 PM

Just wondering if anyone had any pointers for applying for jobs you are over qualified/ over experienced for.

Eg. Accounting Degree, worked with major financial players in manager roles (banking/finance).... Now looking to get 1-2 days per week book keeping, accounts payable or admin role (small business close to home).

DH has just been through my résumé and summed down, taken things out to make me look more attractive.

Basically I need a job for my sanity, but only 1-2 days so I can still manage home front (DHs job is demanding with overseas/ interstate travel for weeks). Family interstate. Now with two kids at school, one at 3yo Kinder, I just want something to do which will only mildly challenge my brain ( I don't need high finance stress).

So any pointers from others in this position?

#2 Marty McFly

Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:25 PM

Maybe just send your resume to a recruitment agency, and follow up with a phone call to explain your situation? That way your resume won't be dis-regarded as too qualified, and you don't have to lie about past positions (although you can sum it down).

#3 MrsLexiK

Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:27 PM

As someone who is going through over qualified resumes for my job at the moment state in your cover letter that you are looking for a change or to renter at a lower level or something. I have tossed so many applications aside because all I see is degree and degree and degree (on the same résumé) and I'm thinking you are too over qualified and will no doubt be board in this job.

#4 SeaPrincess

Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:30 PM

Be prepared to answer the question at interview.  DH applied for an internal transfer to a position with less seniority than his previous role and at every stage, someone said to him "you do realise this is a step down?"  His response was that we had spent nearly 5 years living interstate away from family and that for family reasons, moving home was more important at that time.

ETA He was offered the position the day before our 3rd baby was born.

Edited by SeaPrincess, 06 February 2013 - 10:31 PM.


#5 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:05 AM

Thanks for the tips so far.

I should add that I have officially been out of work for over 15m (resigned as working three days part time would become five days).

Should I mention that much of past five years was maternity leave?

My kids are in 3yo Kinder with two at school. No plans ever for more kids (medically not recommended too as well as personal choice).

Should I somehow incorporate this information? How would you suggest this is done?


Edited by lsolaBella, 07 February 2013 - 07:14 AM.


#6 Loz07

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:10 AM

Agree that you should put a statement in your cover letter about re-entering the workforce, seeking a work-life balance etc

Good luck

#7 HRH Countrymel

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:12 AM

I have a variety of CVs - depending on what the role is I play up and down the relevant and irrelevant areas.

You may be pleasantly surprised IsolaBella - I would imagine the employer will jump at the chance to fill their role with a bargain priced expert!

#8 Lifesnasty

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:12 AM

A covering letter explaining what you have told us here. I would hire you in a heartbeat.

Emphasise the parts of your cv that support the type of work you are applying for.

#9 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:18 AM

Yes the pay is a step down, but offset against basically no tax and no travel costs.

If I can get to interview I am sure I can sell myself.... It is just getting past the first hurdle.

DH asked me if I would be bored, but honestly replied I am the crazy type of person who does enjoy data entry and doing reconciliations. Go figure LOL. I know this would be a longish term job for me too.



#10 ceeshell

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:22 AM

QUOTE (Loz07 @ 07/02/2013, 08:10 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Agree that you should put a statement in your cover letter about re-entering the workforce, seeking a work-life balance etc

Good luck


Agree.

I have a degree in public communication and social theory as well as post graduate public communications qualifications. I was an account director for years. I now work two days a week in an admin-focused local government job. It's perfect because, although it is a little mind numbing, no one calls me after hours, my emails on my phone are personal and I never have to put in extra hours. The team is lovely, too.

I stated in my cover letter why I was applying and had my answer prepared for when they asked in the interview. HR called me three times before finally formally offering me the job, just to reiterate how 'routine-based and dry' the role is. I kept assuring them that that was appealing to me!

My boss is great, she throws me extra, more stimulating work when I have the capacity to keep me engaged.

Good luck!

#11 Elippo

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:25 AM

Is tghere a contact officier listed with the advertisement. Ring them before submitting your application and be open and honest about what you have told us here. Then submit your application. That way you are giving them a heads up.

#12 tomson

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:27 AM

Where are you located?

#13 Peppery

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:34 AM

I would state in your cover letter that you are re-entering the workforce and seeking work life balance. Most of my other big 4 friends are the same, worked in similar roles while their kids are little.

DD starts school next year, I am already starting to think about my move back towards my old pre child role

#14 MrsLexiK

Posted 07 February 2013 - 07:54 AM

QUOTE (lsolaBella @ 07/02/2013, 08:18 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes the pay is a step down, but offset against basically no tax and no travel costs.

If I can get to interview I am sure I can sell myself.... It is just getting past the first hurdle.

DH asked me if I would be bored, but honestly replied I am the crazy type of person who does enjoy data entry and doing reconciliations. Go figure LOL. I know this would be a longish term job for me too.


I''d try and mention this as well that you are looking for long term employment.  I think with a 2 day a week job they are expecting a working parent.  You could mention the fact that you won't have more children (which if it is small business they could be worried about) by saying something along the lines of "after taking 5 years off for maternity leave I'm a ready to re-enter the workforce in a job which will allow me the work life balance my past career couldn't" and add in somewhere that you are committed to long term.  If the over quailified people who were applying for my job would say in their cover letter that they are looking for a step down I would be more then happy to put them forward for an interview, it is the fact they are not mentioning it which makes me think they must have read the job description wrong.

#15 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:38 AM

I am in Melbourne.

Job that has me currently excited is via agency, so have to get through agency vetting too.

Thanks for the suggestions. It is funny to put together a CV for the first time since 2000 ohmy.gif .

I also have unrealistic expectations. After getting my first job, I was offered every other job I have gone for since (including internal transfers). So must remind myself that it took 20 applications to get that first Job all those years ago.

Another issue though is referees. How do you handle these? No one that I worked with is still there?



#16 mrslb

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:54 AM

Great advice from everyone so far - don't edit too much out of your CV but state your position and ambitions honestly in a cover letter.  State that you're looking to be an effective part of a business long-term as your children progress through school etc.

For referees, if you're still in touch with anyone from your professional life / previous referees, you can add them referring to your role they relate to, like:

Mrs xxx yyy, former manager for xxxxx role, contact phone: 04xx xxx xxx, (or e-mail if international).

Good luck!



#17 sandgropergirl

Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:59 AM

QUOTE (mrslb @ 07/02/2013, 10:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Great advice from everyone so far - don't edit too much out of your CV but state your position and ambitions honestly in a cover letter.  State that you're looking to be an effective part of a business long-term as your children progress through school etc.

For referees, if you're still in touch with anyone from your professional life / previous referees, you can add them referring to your role they relate to, like:

Mrs xxx yyy, former manager for xxxxx role, contact phone: 04xx xxx xxx, (or e-mail if international).

Good luck!


As a recruiter, yes to this. Your cv should be correct. Your cover letter can explain your reasoning.

#18 Ally'smum

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:04 AM

I have just hired someone that was overqualified for the role, but to be honest I was hoping we would get a mother with small children.

The role is a bit boring, but I have only had to train this person once (as opposed to repeating myself all the time with previous people) and she thinks for herself! and has suggested good improvements!

In your cover letter say something about returning to the workforce and wanting long term steady employment.

In our situation it works really well, she comes in does her job and goes home. There is no stress, no bs and I am infinitely flexible because I want her to stay!

People know what they are looking for when they are recruiting, so if are the right fit you will get the job.

Edited by loggedin, 07 February 2013 - 10:04 AM.


#19 naturalgoodness

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

I have the same issue. I was a high level manager in investment banking back office and have an accounting diploma as well as a few others. I made sure there was a maternity leave entry in the CV timeline and in my cover letters always mentioned returning to the workforce, seeking a change of direction/pace. I have never failed to get an interview and when I went to bookkeeping originally, got the position I applied for.

Good Luck - it can be so disheartening looking at jobs thinking that you won't be considered because you are over-qualified when all you want is a role that you can turn up to, do in the required time, go home and switch back to your life!

#20 naturalgoodness

Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:12 AM

I have the same issue. I was a high level manager in investment banking back office and have an accounting diploma as well as a few others. I made sure there was a maternity leave entry in the CV timeline and in my cover letters always mentioned returning to the workforce, seeking a change of direction/pace. I have never failed to get an interview and when I went to bookkeeping originally, got the position I applied for.

Good Luck - it can be so disheartening looking at jobs thinking that you won't be considered because you are over-qualified when all you want is a role that you can turn up to, do in the required time, go home and switch back to your life!




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