Great idea! Thank you so much for posting!
I’m a communications professional with more than two decades of experience and a master’s degree in a communications-related discipline. I had an amazing and wonderful career in my former city — a major metropolitan area, where I last worked for a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company. My experience covers three major industries/areas and includes the not-for-profit, public, and private sectors.
When I met my DH, we lived in different states. If I wanted to be with him and his minor children full time following the wedding, I needed to resign my position and relocate to a very small town in a rural area of another state, which I have done.
I have applied for jobs in my field in this region. However, the opportunities are very few and far between, and most are at a level below my level of experience.
I would WELCOME the opportunity to interview and be considered for these jobs, and I would be very willing to work in a lesser position and for far less money than I made in my former role, and I would do so with a very positive attitude and a commitment to respect those in authority over me. As a former mid-level and senior-level manager/director, I know how important this is.
However, I cannot even get an interview for any position for which I have applied. This was not ever the case in my former city.
I suspect that HR manangers and hiring managers do not want to consider me for a position, because of one or more of the following factors:
* they would rather have someone with less experience, because they perceive me as being “over qualified”
* they are concerned that they could never “afford” me when they see the salary information I list with my former positions on the job applications (which I have to complete fully to even be considered for the job)
* they are concerned that I “wouldn’t stay” if they hired me, because they think that I would continue to look for a higher-paying, higher-level position
* they are looking for someone “younger” — illegal though it is, and they realize that they may be taking a bigger EEO risk by interviewing someone very qualified and NOT choosing her than they would take by never having interviewed me in the first place
* a particular job is in my field of expertise communications) but is not within an industry/setting in which I have direct experience
I have certainly considered using this new season of my life to attempt to transfer my skills, talents, and abilities to a different field, such as HR, knowing full well that I likely would need to start at a very low level. However, I did not even obtain an interview for a training position for which I applied, even after the executive who manages the organization encouraged me to apply. (He knows my husband.)
Do you have any advice for someone in my position? Thank you in advance for any guidance you are able to offer.