There are a lot of reasons to apply for a job for which you're overqualified. Maybe you're making a career change. Maybe you've been stuck in internshipland, and you're trying to make the jump to full-time employment. Or maybe you just plain need a job, because life costs money, and the rent isn't going to pay itself. Whatever the reason, there are a few things you can do to make yourself a more attractive candidate.
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Even when jobs aren't scarce, you might find yourself pining for a position that is more hands-on and less middle management. When you're submitting a resume, however, hiring managers might get the wrong idea of you "taking a step back" for the open position. But, you can still make your case and land that job, with a few simple techniques.
One of the reasons that many qualified candidates do not hear back – or do not get shortlisted in the first place – is because they are overqualified. Why would you consider a job that's beneath your level? The reasons vary. Maybe you took a break and are now looking at reentering the job market, or you were laid off and now you need to start somewhere, or you really love the job you do, and want to stick to a similar role elsewhere. Whatever your reason, there are ways you can tackle the problem of being perceived as overqualified.
Many managers fear that overqualified workers will be unproductive, due to boredom or a sense that the job is beneath them. There is also concern that they might find something better and quit. For these reasons, we often don't even consider hiring employees who look like they'd be better suited to a higher-level position. Here's why that's a mistake.
Sometimes, the job interview process feels like damned if you do, damned if you don't. You make a point of educating yourself, developing skills, and applying for jobs that in your area of expertise. Then you hear it: "you're overqualified." Understand why employers think this is a bad thing, and be ready to make your case in your next job interview.
Nowadays, simply having a degree doesn't guarantee a candidate an interview, so job seekers need to know what will make them stand out in the crowd. We'll take a look at the infographic beneath the cut to see how job-specific training makes you the best hire.