If you’re looking for work as a woman over 50, chances are, you’re not too worried about meeting the job requirements. Quite likely, you have decades of experience behind you; if anything, you may be worried about appearing overqualified to prospective employers.
How do you prevent possible employers from eliminating you as job candidate because you look too good? Should you “dumb down” your resume so I don’t appear overqualified?
When marketing/PR specialist and VN member zebrasusan recently relocated, she wondered whether her long and rich work background made her overqualified for the job openings available in her new town.
In response, another VN member, professional recruiter Cori Swidorsky, offered this advice: “Think of your resume as a marketing tool to get you an interview. Instead of ‘dumbing it down,’ draft a version of it that is carefully targeted toward the job you want. Make sure your resume reflects your experience as it specifically relates to that position. You don’t have to include every detail of your work experience. In fact, it may be more beneficial to highlight key skills that relate to the job.”
Journalist Cokie Roberts, in an interview with Vibrant Nation, advises against “dumbing down” your resume as well. She suggests a direct approach. “Just say, ‘Look, I want this job and I don’t think I’m overqualified for it. I’m coming back into the workforce and I think this would be a good fit for me. I’ll make it work.’”
Job hunting when overqualified – would you “dumb down” your resume? How have you handled this issue?