You can never really be overqualified for a job! There is no such thing. It absolutely does NOT exist. The concept of being overqualified for a job is actually pretty ridiculous. You don’t believe me? Well ask yourself this:
If you needed an operation would you choose an intern fresh out of medical school or the seasoned surgeon with years of experience?
If your car was broken down on the side of the road you wouldn’t reject a mechanic who showed up to help you because he knew how to fix cars too well, would you?
Of course you wouldn’t. Not accepting the best available help in those situations would be just plain dumb. The same idea goes for employers too. Any business that makes it a habit of rejecting the best (overqualified) talent available probably won’t be in business for long.
What Employers Really Mean When They Say You’re Overqualified
When an employer rejects your resume for being overqualified they are really rejecting you for one or all of the following reasons:
If you have held some high level jobs in the past employers feel like they won’t be able to match your previous salary. Even if you claim to be willing to take a pay cut employers will view that as a smokescreen just to get the job for now. Hiring managers prefer to hire people they believe won’t up and jump ship for the next job offer that pays a few bucks more.
You’re Too Mysterious
Applying to jobs that are significantly below your previous pay/responsibility levels without some type of explanation raises red flags. Immediately an employer starts to ask why?. Were you fired? Are you burned out? Just looking for a quick buck until something better comes along? They don’t know the answers and most likely won’t consider your application long enough to find out. Which leads you too the biggest reason employers won’t hire you and label you overqualified.
People who have significantly more experience and salary history than the position requires are huge turnover risks. No employer wants to be the temporary detour on your career path.
This is a huge concern to employers. Every job opening costs an employer in two ways. Its costs them the time, energy and money that it takes to fill the position. And it costs them in the lost productivity from having that position unfilled.
Employers don’t want to go through hassle of the hiring process just to have do it again a few months later when you bail on them for a better job.
Shed The Overqualified Label
The best way to stop being overqualified for jobs is to emphasize your commitment to the employers goals. Take a their loss (your former employer) is the your future employer’s gain approach.
- Outline the benefits of hiring you in your cover letter and resume – you are knowledgeable, capable, and ready for growth. Very few businesses aren’t looking to expand their business and profits. By tapping someone like you who has been there and done that the employer can grow their business faster.
- Demonstrate the benefits by detailing a potential solution to address a key issue that company is facing in your interview. This highlights your commitment level by showing that you know what is important to the company and how your job helps achieve their goals.
The goal is to show any employer you apply to that your so called “over-qualifications” = success for their business plans.
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