I am a late-forties mother of several children and I believe my position as a manager for automation development is ruining my health. I have to take care of my family as well as manage my team in an environment with many deadlines and responsibilities. I am also suffering from high blood pressure.
I tried looking for a job as an automation developer (this is my specialty and my team's domain). Wanting to be hired as a specialist, I applied at many places but had no callbacks. I believe this is because my history of being a manager for 3 years is visible on my LinkedIn, and an employer is offput by three things:
- They believe that as a manager I do no technical work
- They find it odd that I step down from a high position
- I am overqualified and this leads them to worry about hiring someone expecting a high pay and someone who may not be as obedient.
Knowing this, if I modify my resume to emphasize that I am a technical leader rather than a manager, it is inconsistent with my LinkedIn (and perhaps dishonest), which has many connections.
I really don't know what to do. I considered easing my stress without leaving my job, but I find that my position is indeed the root of the problem. I also considered deleting my LinkedIn to be able to emphasize my resume in a way that better reflects my job, but I am hesitant to do that.
What are some courses of action I should consider for finding a less stressful job, even though I'm over qualified?