Should I remove my qualifications from my Resume so i can get lower jobs?

Australia
August 30, 2009 4:03am CST
I have been looking for a job for quite a while now and it's getting a little bit frustrating. I am not picky at all because i just want enough to buy my son formula and nappies. So i have applied for supermarket shelf packing jobs and shop assistant positions but i have a Masters degree. Should i remove it and hope i make it to the interview where i can explain to the interviwers why i left it out of the resume in the first place? Please help me dear mylotters i am praying without ceasing and trying to stay positive but none of them are buying formula or the nappies this minute. The industry that i studied in is not affected by the recession but the right job hasn't appeared yet.
22 responses
• United States
30 Aug 09
I don't think people will think down on you for removing qualifications to get an entry level job, if you're doing it for your children. But remember to look for a high level position on the side line so you can better provide for you're children when they need it.
@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
30 Aug 09
I think now a days it is hard to find job you need to apply for lower position to survive. I think you need to remove it because you will be overqualified for the job. Sometimes it is hard to find a job that really fits for your qualification.
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
30 Aug 09
People only scream "Overqualified" because they fear that if they hire someone with great qualifications that they might like... stand up for themselves, demand higher pay, or quit after a while. The fact is NO MAN WILLING TO WORK WHO WILL DO THE WORK PROPERLY is overqualified!!! Seriously, my former supervisor used to p!ss & moan about the job applications we'd get at one place I worked. So he ended up hiring lazy slugs that didn't even know how to handwash dishes and we had to spend, no joke, many hours teaching this other employee how to. My friend, recently downsized from his job in IT needed a job, could wash dishes and was QUITE wanting a job, but nope.. To hell with him because he was overqualified. Riiiiiiiight.
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• Australia
30 Aug 09
You see Jeff the problem i might have is the interviewer asking me about the gap in my CV and me saying i was travelling or some lie i can think of at the time. I don't know if they will think more or less of me for lying.Now that i have seen all your comments and i am hopeful that a good samaritan employer out there will look beyond the studies. Afterall it's just a piece of paper. What matters is that i am ready and willing to do the job. Thanks guys for your tips.
• Malaysia
30 Aug 09
I think it is not advisable to remove your qualifications from your resume. Some people would understand, but others would think that you are not being honest to get in for the interview. Try to explain it in your cover letter that you are applying for that particular posts to explore other opportunities in the industry and willing to learn. You may also want to add that you will discuss your qualifications background if your application is taken into consideration. I hope it will work and I wish you all the best.
• Australia
30 Aug 09
I like the willing to explore bit that you have suggested. Thanks Corry. I will certainly put more effort in writing cover letters. Hopefully they can read how sincere i am from them. I am guilty of just sending resumes with no cover letter because the passion to sit there and make myself employable sometimes escapes me. It's a new week and a new month so i shall certainly adopt a new attitude and send cover letters all the time and not only when i am in the mood.
• Malaysia
1 Sep 09
You're most welcome. Once again, good luck!
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
30 Aug 09
i fully understand what you mean. these are tough times and expenses seem to be ever increasing. even though i would say that resume alone does not get you the job. it is how you present yourself at the time of interview. be honest and straight forward as to the reason why you are willing to accept such a job. most organizations value higher education for long term association where you become more productive with time. continue your efforts and have patience and you will definitely get a job. good luck
• Australia
31 Aug 09
I will have to brush up on my interview skills while i am looking. Honestly, it's something that i have sort of overlooked as i was hung up on just getting the CV out there. These days you really can't afford to turn your nose up at any job. I will try to be patient and believe in my heart that the best job is out there for me and that i will find it. Thanks Sunny.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
31 Aug 09
you are welcome. also take your time with your CV. make sure that you can easily relate yourself with what you put in it. this makes it easier to face the interview. i am confident to get some good news from you soon....good luck.
30 Aug 09
Personally i wouldnt remove it i would just leave it there. There are plenty of people as qualified as you who do those kinds of jobs to get a little extra income, or as something to tide them over to the next job and these employers know that. Also i dont think i would be good to hide it and then tell them later, even though your intentions are good it is still lying and it would look bad on you as a person. Good luck i hope you can find a job soon
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I would think that a Master's degree would show a little more dedication to purpose as opposed to the one who quit high school just because they thought the work was too hard...
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• Sri Lanka
31 Aug 09
Sometimes when you are without a job you feel as if jobs are not available anywhere. But that is not true. The right job has to come your way. I have worked in so many places and ended up as an Accountant of a UN agency. My statistics are that for 250 applications you get 12 interviews and one job. I have done this even when computers were not available. Sometimes when jobs start coming they come all at once. This is Murphy's law.
• Australia
31 Aug 09
wow Joseph a UN agency, that's just great! I think i will have to step up my game and cast my net a bit wider than i have been doing already. Maybe the doubts are keeping me from really getting what i deserve. I will remember murphy's law and keep on trying. Thanks Joseph.
@coolcoder (2019)
• United States
30 Aug 09
Why hide it? That's something I'd gladly put out there for employers to see. Granted, I've only got a Bachelor's, but still and all, it's something I'm proud of. Keep it on your resume. You never know who might be calling you for an interview. Good luck!
• Australia
31 Aug 09
I will leave it in to avoid any awkward moments during interviews. I can just imagine having to explain what i was doing in the past year and a half and having zero to say. Oh no i really would rather just leave it in then i think. All you mylotters suggestions have really got me thinking in a whole new light now. A bachelors is certainly something to be proud of. Thanks a lot for you time.
@DrRac0 (126)
• United States
30 Aug 09
you should just leave it
• Australia
31 Aug 09
Thanks i think i just might leave it.
• Switzerland
30 Aug 09
I suggest not to remove them. What really these employers are looking is how willing you are to take jobs under your qualifications. Some employers will even more happy that you are more qualified than specified. However, some employers will not accept you because they believed that when you feel not good about the job, you have the chance to easily quit the job because you always think of your qualifications. I have experienced this but I have learned a lot. Keep posting. Happy mylotting. Have a nice day. jeff
• Australia
31 Aug 09
Thanks Jeff. I think I might have to leave them and hope that there is a compassionate employer who understands the current climate and why i would be applying for that type of job. The issue is not even about enjoying the job for me it's about keeping my head above water. Just as long as the employer is not abusive and determined to belittle me, then i will have no problems whatsover. You have yourself a lovely day!
@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I have heard of this happening a lot. It is not just you. I would leave it on there. It is better to be honest than to omit information and later to have the employer think you were lying from what I have seen. I am trying to get into teaching myself so I know things are tough out there.
• Australia
31 Aug 09
I think honesty is the key so i will take on board some of the suggestions and familiarise myself with the employers before i bother with the application. I hope you get that teaching job Angel. The jobs are there but i think because of the financial crisis establishments are trying to do with what they have. Good Luck!
@Quiplet (255)
• United States
30 Aug 09
Keep a generic resume as a template. Add in detail your skills/qualifications for a specific application unless the application (city federal state etc) requests ALL.
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I don't think it would be wise to downgrade your qualifications to match the requirements of a lower job. It will be difficult to defend yourself during the interview as the interviewers will most likely know, and it will appear that you are lying. If you want to apply for a lower position, it's still best to be honest about your intentions, and focus on your strengths in relation to the job you desire. If employers see that you can bring in something to company and make it clear that you won't just hop into the next better job that comes your way, they will have no second thoughts in hiring you. But do brush up on your interviewing skills, there are a lot of interview questions on the net that you can practice with. This phase of the screening process can make or break your chances. Good luck to your job hunting!
• Australia
30 Aug 09
With all my focus on writing the best cover letter and CV to attract employers i have certainly overlooked the interview skills. Thanks Dory I will have to find the right websites that will help me brush up on my interview skills. From the comments that i have received i can see that the lying or ommittion as i now want to call it might cost me dearly in the long run. Hmmm!? When i wake up tomorrow, i think i will have the final battle plan and hopefully a few interviews to start my week and month off with a BANG! Ta very much.
@sfjalex (46)
• India
30 Aug 09
As far as i know i have heard from some people i know that people have been turned down because they were over qualified, but there are also some nice employers that dont take those things into consideration but appreciate us for making such a decision like yours.
• Australia
30 Aug 09
I hope i come across one of those employers soon because it is a pretty depressing situation to keep o being knocked back from all angles. I apply for everything now and i find pleasure in just receiving the regrets because it makes me feel like at least someone took time to look at my request for a job. Fingers crosses the lovely considerate employer is waiting for me to be the best employee they have had for a while. Thank you Alex.
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
30 Aug 09
In my personal experience it depends on the type of work or job that needs to ber done. Years ago I applied for a temporary menial job. The person who told me of the vacancy said I needed to put in a lower qualification if I wanted the job. I did, and got the job. It is a sad fact that many employers are reluctant to employ people with a high qualification. I do not blame them though. Many grads have the tendency to voice out their opinions early on in the job, even though they contradict the system. Others refuse to do certain tasks. Some do not stay long, moving on to better pastures. Training new employees adds on to the cost. In short, people are afraid to employ overqualified persons because of greater potential problems/
• Australia
30 Aug 09
I know what you are saying Ros but i think the potential only exists in your area of expertise where you feel that you are being looked down upon. I think sometimes they just look at your name and think oh this one is too short, too long etc and just trash your application. That's how i feel about mine these days. Sometimes even the applications for supermarket shelf stocking require so much that i often feel that i have got them in the bag only to be rejected. Maybe i will ask some of the nicer recruiters if i should put down everything or not. Thanks Ros.
@Puneet097 (121)
• India
30 Aug 09
hey dude don't get depressed by recession.u have masters degree and whylose ur dignity by working in other fields. just wait for right moment May god help you
• Australia
30 Aug 09
Dearest Puneet, I have a baby to look after and my savings are runnig low. They need to be replenished otherwise there will be nothing. Employers do not like gaps in CVs so low work for me will do just fine. If you lived in my neck of the woods then you would know what it means to be non discriminating towards any type of job except the really rubbish ones of course. I think the loss of dignity is when you are hungry and homeless and not in doing a low paid job.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
30 Aug 09
When someone tells you that you're overqualified for a job... "No man willing to learn, follow the rules, come to work, and actually do the work properly is overqualified for a job, Maam/Sir"
• Australia
30 Aug 09
What upsets me Zoey is that those words are so true that you wonder if employers just ignore them or they don't know them. The other important thing is if no one gives you a chance to start, then how are you ever going to learn the work. The career advicers who came to graduate school told us that when you apply for that top job in your desired field, Just adding that you worked in a nursing home or at Macdonalds would show your versatility and make employers love you. I am beginning to doubt that.
@dianmelydia (2272)
• Indonesia
30 Aug 09
I think it's not a good idea. Lower resume qualification can affect the acceptance. Perhaps they want to accepting you as their employee but since you have lower qualification as written on you resume, then they won't accept you as their employee. I think the best thing to do, if you are really want to have a lower than your qualification job, maybe you can do it by lowering your expected salary. Usually a company is afraid to hiring a high qualification employee because of the better experiences usually will asking for better salary. So i think if you are willing to work under your qualification, perhaps you can do it by lowering your expected salary. Good luck and have a nice day. Happy mylotting.
• Australia
30 Aug 09
That's another way of tackling this i suppose Ms Lydia. I will try the lowering the expected salary idea. The thought never crossed my mind. Employers should know by now that since the recession struck, a lot of us are just trying to make ends meet. I will not lose hope but just keep on trying my luck. Thanks and happy mylotting to you too.
@John4Christ (1598)
• India
30 Aug 09
Hi, I can understand what you are going through......even I have a degree in hotel management but I am doing a job which is not from my field......I have the offer letter of one particular hotel but then because of recession they are not able to provide jobs to us.....but then I dint really change anything in my resume....they did ask me why am I not looking for a job in my stream, but I straight away said that because of recession I am not able to find a job so in order to keep things moving in my life I have to work somewhere......they appreciated my honesty and placed me on the job......i am happy as I get good amount of money here...... But you should be little careful as not all employers would like this.......so choose where you want to show honesty and where not....... Wish you luck friend !!!! Welcome to mylot !!
• Australia
30 Aug 09
Congratulations that you found something John. When i find something i will be sure to share it with all you mylotters who gave me tips. I think at the end of the day honesty is the key so i will have to give it a lot more thought before i can do it. At one point i thought that just applying for them was putting out vibes that i was desperate. But hey who cares because desperate times call for desperate measures. Thanks again John.
31 Aug 09
You've certainly hit a hot topic here. I can relate to your situation a little too. I've been looking for something that now suits my lifestyle rather than driving for promotion and further success and my 'education' includes a professional qualification and a lot of managerial experience. However when applying for some of these more general jobs I'm very aware that my CVs (I've got 3 or 4 that I use for different types of scenarios) still usually need to have some reference to qulifications or educational attainments. Inevitably, in an interview situation, assuming you can get that far, the subject will come up and honest interviewees will find it hard to avoid mentioning it sometime. What I've tried to do is submit a covering letter where I can and look to explain my thought process there. As has been said before though some more insecure employers will take fright at the thought that an employee might actually be better qualified than them. Not really a solution to your question I guess but food for thought!
• India
31 Aug 09
my suggestion to this is that , look for what minimum and maximum qualification does the job you were interested in doing is asking for, and based on that you put in your resume the maximum qualification that you have done , to get better prospect of getting selected in the interview.And if at all the job has not specified any qualification to do the job and if you are interested in doing that job to earn for basic necessities, then i would suggest you to remove your qualification in the resume. i hope this helps you in making decision.
@chulce (1540)
• United States
31 Aug 09
What you could do however is create a resume that is just based off of your skills. There are a lot of people that have more than one resume that they send out. It is always a good idea to do so, to show your versatility. For example, I have a writing resume, an Administrative Assistant resume and I also have a management resume. Then based on what job I am applying for, I send the resume accordingly. I am also in the same situation where I am looking for a job. It is quite frustrating when you know you can do the work but, a company won't hire you because you are to knowledgeable. Or the other thing that is driving me up a wall, the "who you know" gets in there. For example, I recently applied for a management position at a corporation, as I was leaving from my interview. A gentleman walks in says that he a friend of the hiring manager and that he has an interview with him. Come to find out, that guy got the position. I was so steamed. Why do people do that to others. Especially when they know you are qualified to do the work and probably need the job more than that guy does. I apologize, I will get off the soap box now. Good luck in finding a job. I will pray for you.