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CV Question

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by JamesAC, 22 Jan 2008.

  1. JamesAC

    JamesAC Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    My wife is applying for a job. The person spec says you need to have GCSE English, Maths and so on.

    My wife has.

    Plus 'A' levels, a 2-1 in History and Philosophy and an MA in Cultural Studies.

    Question is: should she keep stum about her higher quals, or use several continuation sheets to list all her quals?
     
  2. QuickDraw

    QuickDraw Senior Member

    Location:
    Glasgow
    I'd include them (I'd tell everyone I met if I was that well qualified) but make it clear why she wants the job, unless, of course, it is just a stop gap until she can get one more suitable to her qualifications.
     
  3. freakhatz

    freakhatz New Member

    Why isn't she looking for a job to which she is more appropriately qualified?

    (Is what they will wonder..)
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    She may have no interest in getting such a job, or there may be no jobs of that sort out there. I've got a BA, a BSC, an Msc, and I'm part way through a PhD, but I'm looking for a part-time admin job because anything suited to my level of qualification will probably be more stressful and competitive than I want to be.

    I'm putting all my qualifications, and making it clear in covering letter or on the application form that I'm not just looking for a stopgap.

    If she is just looking for a stopgap, I guess she has to weigh up how likely they are to be bothered by that and whether she wants to tell an untruth (or lie by omission)

    Mind you, I've been for one job so far and didn't get it, so don't listen to me. Apparently it was close though, I got pipped by someone with better IT experience. But I have three more admin job applications to get in, and I'll be listing everything on them.
     
  5. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography

    A lot of jobs will put down a requirement for basic GCSEs but will accept a higher qualification as evidence of having such qualifications. For example, having a degree in physics means that you will have a damn good grasp of mathematics (unless you're Bonj of course).

    Certain jobs, such as teaching, you are required to have specific basic qualifications in Maths and English and to acquire them if you don't. I know people who did GCSEs at the same time as their teacher training .
     
  6. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    There is the possibility of not getting the job due to being 'overqualified', IME this is usually in situations where they'd have to pay the overqualified person more than they planned to..but it can also reflect a fear that the candidate will leave once a better job (one they're qualified for) appears.
     
  7. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    It also happens where the employee will be better qualified than his or her boss.
     
  8. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

  9. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Bonj has a degree in physics?

    ;)
     
  10. I was turned down for a job as a car transporter driver once as the interviewer felt that my M.Sc. meant that I was "over educated, and just playing at being a lorry driver". (Yeah, right. I'd been driving artics for about six years back then.) A week later he phoned me, desperate to offer me the job, as the more conventional lorry driver type they'd employed (cropped hair, big gut, tattoos, no qualifications) had done a week and couldn't hack it. I took great pleasure in telling him I wasn't interested:biggrin:.
     
  11. freakhatz

    freakhatz New Member

    He was right, then;)
     
  12. I might be over educated, but I'm not just playing at it. I just happen to be an enormously intelligent lorry driver.:biggrin: