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So Here We Are Again...

Gotta admit I'm trying.

Five interviews in the last three weeks, all of it goes well, I'm a great interview, personable, all that, until my education is brought up. Master's degrees and Bachelor's degrees do not help like they tell you in college. Overqualified is a word I'm growing sick of. I seriously had no idea that employers require that their workers be absolutely enthralled with what they're doing. The good folk at McDonald's, Burger King, Domino's, Arby's and the local gas station were all quick to tell me I'd be bored, and only there until I got a better job. I couldn't even get a job picking up trash in front of a building.
Still, it's not all gloom and doom. That civil service exam I took for the City? Finally got a callback, and interviewed, and it went very well. I got asked the education question, but this time I had a proper comeback. The job is civil service, after all, and my "overeducation" doesn't play into it since it's all determined by your score on the exam. Also, and this was my selling point, I'm on the ICR for my student loan debt, which very highly encourages people to seek civil service. I was able to tell them if hired they'd have me ten years guaranteed. It definitely changed the mood of the interview, but I won't hear anything back for 3-4 weeks. Such is bureaucracy.
In the meantime, well, summer sucks when your main source of income is a job in education. I'm lucky enough to have friends who invite me over for meals, a couple people who make little care packages to help through the especially lean weeks (running isn't the only reason I've lost thirty pounds in the last 4 months).

I'm not asking for help, but I certainly won't turn it down at this point. I can offer commissions at rates to be negotiated, or give looks to stories or manuscripts.
If you want to just buy a book to show support, or want to direct someone, my Amazon page is:
If you want want to tip, or donate, my Paypal is: solomonphoenix at yahoo dot com.


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Aug. 13th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
A tip I figured out when I was going through a long period of unemployment/underemployment. You don't have to put everything on your resume. Or even on the job application. The applications typically want you to sign for legal purposes guaranteeing that everything you've put down is accurate, but they don't require *complete*. They're just worried about you lying and claiming education you don't have or jobs you haven't really held.

Do a version of your resume that leaves off the masters, and dumbs down what you did at the jobs you've held. After 15 years of experience in IT, I was able to snag an administrative assistant job in part by making a version of the resume that left off most of the technical buzz words and emphasized the administrative type functions - tracking equipment, organizing things, and so forth. I listed all the jobs and employers but the descriptions were wildly depending on whether it was the resume for technical jobs or the resume for survival jobs.
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