Keesha really needs a job. Her dream job is at the executive level. In this job market, that might not pan out so she needs to be ready to find one at a lower level. The problem: She's worried she looks over-qualified on a resume for those lower-level jobs.
Here's my advice on how to handle Keesha's resume problem.
I'm Over-Qualified. Should I Dumb-Down My Resume?
I have been an executive assistant for over 25 years with exceptional support skills. I am also a very intuitive person, critical thinker, and constant learner.
I've gained experience in administrative staff management for two offices and HR administration. All of these functions, if listed in a resume, may look "way over-qualified" for the employer looking for just an admin assistant.
I realize I could "dumb-down" my resume, but then I'd be applying for something that would most likely not be a fulfilling. What should I do?
- Keesha (not her real name)
By the way, Keesha also wrote in with this question: I Got a Work Demotion. What Should I Put on a Resume?
Two Resumes to the Rescue
I see the tug of war you're having between what you really want and the job you may have to settle for. That's a tough one!
I suggest you create two resumes.
- A power resume for management jobs (such as Office Manager).
- A "dumbed-down" resume for non-management support jobs (such as Administrative Assistant).
Your power resume should include your staff and office management achievements. Your dumbed-down resume should not have those high-level achievements. Just leave them off and talk about only the things that will be useful for jobs that involve little or no management.
For job boards where you post only one resume, post the power resume. Those big job boards have a low rate of success, so if it's going to bring a job to your doorstep, it might as well be a high-powered job you'll be happy with.
Best of luck in your climb to the top!