Do I put "MM" on my resume'?

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Registered: 04-07-2002
Do I put "MM" on my resume'?
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Fri, 04-26-2013 - 7:51am

Hi again folks.  I know I am pestering you a lot this morning, but I could use your expertise.  Right now I am receiving employment counseling from Employment Ontario.  Among other things I discussed with my counselor was the possibility that my master's in field (music) was causing me to be skipped over for interviews.  She suggested I take it off, that it would be acceptable to do so, but i don't know...

First off, is it really acceptable?  Would a principal want what could be a costly surprise later?

Second, is it at all possible that it could separate me from the pack in a positive manner?

I just don't know.  All I do know is that I am getting passed over for more interviews than I would like.

Express!

Beth "Petrouchka"

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Fri, 04-26-2013 - 4:11pm

I agree with Guili. If your pay is based on your level of education they won't want a surprise after the fact. Also, based on contract language and seniority issues etc. accepting less pay for hiding a degree and getting a job at a lower rate might be a legal issue or at lease a trust/respect issue with other teachers and admins.

On the other hand, I've done a resume just based on all job experiences  from waitress to playground supervisor to medical assistant and down played my education by listing only my university and degrees without naming the majors. Teacher is just another job on the list. I don't think that's a lie. It's just a different emphasis for a different job search. Some places think you are overqualified if you focus on a higher degree and technical experience in one area. They assume you will leave as soon as you can get something on your level/ specialty so they will never call you. Develop different resumes for different jobs.  If you emphasize a special degree and lots of varied experience in that field they think you only know that.  If you equalize the variety of jobs and experiences you might have a better chance with some openings.

Sherry
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Registered: 08-23-1997
Fri, 04-26-2013 - 10:46am
I wouldn't take it off. I agree with you. It's like lying on your resume. I am sort of in the same place that you are accept I have 2 Masters degrees, one in sped and one in library science plus over ten years of experience which puts me at the top of the pay scale. Some districts won't pay you for all of your experience but, i thik they all must pay you for your degrees. I agree with you. You wouldn't want this degree to be something that you spring on the district afterwards. It's not like you can hide it indefinitely. If Canada is like the US, they all ask for your transcripts before they hire you. And BTW I'm still having a really hard time posting here. I tried to wish you good luck before but, I just couldn't post.
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Registered: 08-23-1997
Fri, 04-26-2013 - 10:46am
I wouldn't take it off. I agree with you. It's like lying on your resume. I am sort of in the same place that you are accept I have 2 Masters degrees, one in sped and one in library science plus over ten years of experience which puts me at the top of the pay scale. Some districts won't pay you for all of your experience but, i thik they all must pay you for your degrees. I agree with you. You wouldn't want this degree to be something that you spring on the district afterwards. It's not like you can hide it indefinitely. If Canada is like the US, they all ask for your transcripts before they hire you. And BTW I'm still having a really hard time posting here. I tried to wish you good luck before but, I just couldn't post.