Hiring Managers tell the Wall Street Journal that they are seeing more resumes
from unemployed professionals who omit accomplishments so they do not seem overqualified
Witnessing a lack of opportunities for professionals, the job seekers say they
use scaled-back resumes to help get them at least interviews for positions below
their previous jobs.
"Your goal is to get somebody on the horn," Allison Hemming, president
of Hired Guns, a staffing agency, tells the Journal. "Unfortunately, in
this economy, you have people who have to make ends meet. It's not necessarily
a bad job-hunting strategy at all."
However, even the applicants admit their efforts to 'dumb down' their resumes
could be in vain.
"I can't say that dumbing down works," says a former marketing director,
who created one resume with all of her accomplishments and a scaled down version.
"A smart company still will not hire you if they feel that you're going
to be underemployed. But we as job seekers will still try to convince them,
because it's a way in."
The newspaper notes applicants need to careful about crafting resumes that
omit certain information about their work history, because an inaccurate resume
could be viewed as unethical and could lead to dismissal.
One job seeker tells the newspaper that hiring conditions have dictated that
she craft a less sophisticated resume.
"I don't think the economy is at a point where [employers] are ready to
see a non-dumbed-down version of my resume," a job hunter tells the newspaper.