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I am looking for a secretarial / administrative job, I am at a point in my life that I need something not too demanding, not much overtime etc, for the next 3 or 4 years.

I have 20 years work experience, first in finance and accounting, then set up my own consultancy. Therefore, people think I am overqualified and they do not even give me an interview. I would appreciate advice on how to frame my motivation letter and my cv. For example I have a masters in management, which is one of the things makes me overqualified. If I include it in my cv, it doesn't help, if I don't, I feel I am not being honest.

I know I would make a good secretary / administrative assistant because I have the skills and experience, and I take pride in my work whatever I do.

Thanks for constructive advice



  • People expect more than 3-4 years out of an employee here. If they get a hint that that's all you want, bin.
  • There's no way that anyone will employ someone with a masters in management to do a secretarial job. You should know that. Which sort of implies all sorts of things, but I won't go there and neither will an employer.
  • "I know I would make a good secretary / administrative assistant", but have no actual prior experience or references in a secretarial position.
  •  "I am at a point in my life" where ageism is rife?

Good luck.

Sep 20, 2011 22:50