Pros of Dumbing Down Your Resume

You spend years working through challenging university coursework to obtain your degree, or perhaps a series of degrees, eager for knowledge and a rewarding career. Then you graduate and realize that your degree isn't always an asset. You may find yourself hearing doors of opportunity shut because you are too educated, too knowledgeable, or as some would put it, "overqualified."

How do you handle this? Should you strike your education off of your resume altogether? Should you have two different resumes, a dumb one and a smart one?

Pros of Dumbing Down

When you dumb down your resume writing you take off higher education that some hiring managers or human resources personnel may use against you in the hiring process. This is typically done by people who have higher degrees that make them overqualified for lower level positions that they would like to secure for one reason or another.

The benefit of this is you may be considered more seriously for positions that do not require the advanced education. You don't have to worry about being pushed out of the running by someone who feels your education makes you overqualified for the position at hand.

Essentially, you open the door to more opportunities, even if they are lower level opportunities that don't make use of the knowledge you have gained through your advanced studies.

Another pro of dumbing down the resume may be to avoid questions on why you are switching chosen employment fields. If you have advanced education in one field and are looking for jobs in a different field, employers may have questions about this change. Leaving off the education that is unrelated to the position you want to secure could be a way to eliminate the questions and potential doubt.


Gail Esparan