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Have Experience But No Degree

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Dear Experts,

I am not sure what to do. I have extensive experience as an executive assistant, along with two years of managerial experience. I am currently unemployed.

I have been applying to executive/administrative assistant jobs, in NYC, only to get rejection e-mails basically saying I’m overqualified. (At least my resume is actually being reviewed.)

I am stuck in the middle. The jobs that are “above” the ones I have applied to, all require a bachelor’s degree. I have only completed some college-no degree.

How do I get around this? I can’t even get in the door for an interview.

Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:

Q#455 I would start/continue networking. Work contacts with people who know your skills and track record. (@gradversity)

Q#455 Find a way 2 stand out by helping. “Hey, I see U R doing x. If U do y with that, it will be cheaper.” (@beneubanks)

Q#455 Create a hybrid doc with your admin experience at the top. keep the mgr. stuff to a minimum. (@DebraWheatman)

Q#455 Tailor resume to each job for which you apply. Emphasize skills employer needs – downplay other skills. (@avitacareermanagement)

Q#455 Any way you could go back to school and finish your degree? You’ll earn apx. 40% more $ in the long run. (@EmilyBennington)


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