Advice about applying for unit secretary


I could use some advice about applying for a position as unit secretary, please.

Long story short....after moving around for my husband's education and career, I have found myself unable to find a steady, full-time job. I've been searching for almost 2 years. I actually have a Master's degree in Geography, which has been useless in the current economy.

There are a number of unit secretary/coordinator positions available here. I have experience doing admin work and I want to work in a job where I'm helping people in some way, so I thought I might apply.

Here are my questions:

1. Should I even list my Master's degree on the application? I've been told so often that I'm over qualified but no one seems to understand that I NEED to work (I've got to pay extra towards all those student loans). Or does it show that I'm educated, a hard worker, etc?

2. I was contemplating going to nursing school, so I started a CNA course to explore the healthcare field; however, I didn't complete the last two days (clinicals) because of a complicated combination of a family emergency and my husband's unexpected out-of-state job offer. Should I even mention this? It gave me a handle on medical terminology basics (a lot of which overlapped with all the biology courses I took in college). Or does it make me look like a flake? I promise I'm not.

Sorry that was little long. But thanks for your help.

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

I certainly sympathize with your situation.... hope that hubby will be equally accommodating to support you in the way you have supported him.

I would avoid mentioning the Masters degree - it will definitely push you into the "overqualified" category. But medical terminology is a real asset - be sure to highlight this in your resume & cover letter. In your job history, make sure you describe previous jobs in a way that points out the commonalities with the job you are seeking; factors such as fast pace, customer service, organizational skills, good oral and written communication skills - etc.

Avoid any information that can be interpreted negatively - non-completion of CNA course, negative impact of having to support your hubby's career, etc. Instead, just put some positive spin on these; "adapt quickly to changing circumstances", "cope well with ambiguity". .

Good luck!