So. The job thing.
It’s no big secret that finding a job these days is not an easy prospect. I can’t tell you how many jobs I have applied for, that were somewhere within my realm of experience and ability, that I have gotten a standard “thanks for your app but we hired someone else” letter from. I don’t exactly live in a hotbed of advertising and marketing around here, so I’ve been trying to expand my scope to other types of positions, notably those that require good organizational and communication skills. Basically, I’ll be content to be a secretary. I just need some regular cash coming in so that we can pay the bills. The job title is secondary at this point.
Maybe that’s the wrong approach to finding a new job, but it is what it is.
However, I got a bead on a job that’s open that’s actually in my field, and I applied for it. The thing is, though, is that they are looking for someone with somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 years of experience and I’ve got…. lots more than that. Try nearly 20 years of experience. So it seems on the surface that this is an mid-level position and I am a candidate at the higher end of things. In plainer terms, I’m overqualified.
As these kids today say in their texts, FML.
I don’t know if I’ll even get an interview. They may look at my resume and do the math and ascertain that I am “overqualified” and pass me over because of it. I tried to dial it back a bit, not saying explicitly that I’ve been in the ad biz for nearly 20 years, but all they have to do is check the dates. Maybe I should have left the dates off the CV, I don’t know.
All those years ago when I was fresh out of college and trying to get a job, it was one of those cases of chasing my tail. I needed experience but I couldn’t get experience because no one would hire me because I had no experience.
Now the shoe’s on the other foot and I’ve got boatloads of experience and they want someone with less experience.
I’m certain they’re looking more towards mid-career level because of the cost factor. They have no idea just how cheaply I can be had. I’m a desperate woman here.
The irony of this is not wasted on me. All those years I tried to project myself as older and with professional expertise, dressing in the power suits and standing up straight and all those other things you have to do to be taken seriously amongst an older crowd… and suddenly it seems that the pendulum has swung way back in the other direction. I should be at the top of my game, but the game has changed. I feel like I am past my prime, and I didn’t even realize I was in my prime to start with. Dammit.
On the off chance I can actually get an interview with this company, I’m guessing I probably shouldn’t whip out my cheater glasses to read stuff.
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