What If You Overqualify For The Job You Want?

Professional Resume Services

Sometimes, you find yourself in the unenviable category of “ overqualifiedcandidates when applying for a job. If you are interested in a position that you overqualify for, take a proactive stance and answer some common interviewer’s questions before they are asked. Answer “why are you applying for a job you overqualify for?” ” in your cover letter.

Overqualified? What Should You Add and Subtract from Your Resume?

Career Realism

If you are a candidate who may be overqualified for a job you’re considering, think about making adjustments to your resume to help you get the job. Resume & Cover Letter advice career expert job overqualified resume searchTo get this useful advice and many other helpful career resources, visit us now at CAREEREALISM.com.

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The 6-Second Resume Challenge

Professional Resume Services

According to a famous study, employers spend an average of six seconds scanning a resume before deciding whether the candidate is worth calling for an interview. Your cover letter is your chance to showcase your particular talents and set yourself apart. Using an executive resume cover letter is the best way to get noticed right out of the gate. Be sure the structure of your executive resume cover letter is clean and neat.

2016 147

Should You Dumb Down Your Resume?

Professional Resume Services

The thinking is that if you dumb it down, then you might get more interviews because you will no longer be overqualified for the positions you are applying for and thus not being interviewed. There is a paper trail to your life and often an interviewer does a cursory check of the basic credentials of candidates before scheduling an interview. The better suggestion is to keep applying and handle your over qualifications in your cover letter.

2012 152

yes, you really should write a better cover letter

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager yes, you really should write a better cover letter March 7, 2011 Periodically I hear from readers who tell me that after they started approaching their cover letters differently, as I advise here , they started getting interviews. In fact, I recently promised a post explaining why a cover letter can matter so much. A good cover letter effectively conveys those qualities.

how can you tell if an overqualified applicant is right for the job?

Ask a Manager

We knew Fergus was highly overqualified for the position, but he said that he was looking or a role with less responsibility due to family issues, so we hired him. So, the deal with overqualified applicants is that in general you don’t want to decide for them what they would and wouldn’t be happy with — or at least, not without talking to them and hearing what they have to say. A reader writes: I’m a young professional working at a nonprofit.

2018 27

contacting people who had my job before me, am I overqualified, under-qualified, or just right, and more

Ask A Manager

Am I overqualified, under-qualified, or just right? I still feel like an entry level candidate, so I’ve been applying to entry level jobs–some that ask for the masters, most that just ask for a bachelor’s degree–and I don’t know if I’m under/overqualified. Thoughtful, truly customized cover letters are going to be your friend here. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

Is Higher Education Helpful or Harmful on a Blue-Collar Resume?

Jobacle

Or does it make you look overqualified, like someone who will outgrow the role very quickly? We looked at several thousand resumes and job ads covering 12 different occupations, altogether making up one-quarter of all U.S. Many blue-collar jobseekers end up pursuing roles for which they are overqualified, overeducated, and ultimately under-compensated. As far as employers are concerned, such candidates are not likely to turn into engaged employees, much less permanent ones.

2018 113

What Job Seeker’s Really Want From Employers. Q&A with Taylor Grey

Workology

The Candidate Experience According to Taylor Grey. Like millions of Americans she is actively looking for work and frustrated with the hiring and acknowledgement process also known as the candidate experience. I had the opportunity to talk with Grey in between her busy media schedule for a few minutes specifically about the candidate experience. Don’t hide behind an anonymous form rejection letter. Tell me the reasons, so I can be a better job candidate.

job listing asks candidates to submit a headshot — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager job listing asks candidates to submit a headshot February 1, 2011 A reader writes: I’m applying around for part-time office work. Every now and then, a listing will ask for a headshot along with a résumé and cover letter, and it skeeves me out. Every now and then, a listing will ask for a headshot along with a résumé and cover letter, and it skeeves me out. to help them remember candidates more clearly.

2011 59

interviewing a candidate who lied, my boss died right after I started my job, and more

Ask a Manager

Interviewing a candidate who lied to my company five years ago. That being said, she’s still a very strong applicant — she has a solid research background and her cover letter demonstrates superior writing skills compared to many other applicants. Is that a way to say he thinks I am overqualified because I actually have the required skills? It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. I am a hiring manager at a market research company.

2017 23

Get Your Foot in the Door with These Surefire Job Search Strategies

Career Alley

You know that if you just had the opportunity to talk to someone, you could convince them that you’re the right candidate for the job! And have them look at your cover letter, too, while they’re at it! Just one typo can make an employer put your resume in the “no” pile, particularly at a time when they have so many qualified candidates to consider. “ There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.

2012 241

7 Strategies for Overcoming the Resume Black Hole

Jennifer Anthony

Jennifer Anthony's Official Blog Nationally Published Resume Expert Skip to content Home About Hire Jenn FAQs How It Works Resume Rockstars Resume Writers by Industry or Specialty Library ← 4 Keys to Creating an Interview-Winning Information Technology Resume Does Your Cover Letter Match the Job You Are Applying For? In this economy, it’s tough to advise you to apply for something you’re underqualified for when there are hundreds of other qualified candidates.

2010 126

things that aren't good ideas #78

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager things that aren’t good ideas #78 March 22, 2011 The reader who received the cover letter excerpted below described it as “things that make your heart break,&# and I have to agree. Posted in cover letters The reader who received the cover letter excerpted below described it as “things that make your heart break,&# and I have to agree. By the looks of that letter, the sender is stuck in 1975.

2011 72

20 Reasons Why You Can’t Get a Job

The Corporate Con/noisseur

And while your resume and cover letter may be a perfect match for the role, you just can’t seem to catch a break and land an interview. While seemingly unfair, many employers look to the resume as a reflection of the candidate. You’re Applying to a Job You’re Overqualified For.

2020 52

Top 3 Ways To Waste Time On Your Job Search

Career Realism

I have noticed that some candidates are unintentionally decreasing their odds of getting an interview by not using the time they devote to their job search in the most productive manner. I call it the “hail mary” of the recruiting world when a job-seeker submits a resume for a particular role despite being vastly underqualified or overqualified. Overqualified and underqualified candidates are viewed essentially the same: as “non-fits.”.

2013 87

The Worst Resume Advice I’ve EVER Heard

Career Realism

Statements like the one I’ve included below do little for showing the distinctiveness of a candidate: Progressively challenging experiences within both national and global technology markets. If you’re an entry-level candidate, you may only need one page but if you have 10+ years of experience chances are you’re going to need more than a page to communicate all of that great information the employer is going to want to know. 3 Resume Tips To Avoid Appearing Overqualified.

2014 88

recruiter says: half my candidates are no-shows for interviews.

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager recruiter says: half my candidates are no-shows for interviews January 18, 2011 A reader writes: I’m an HR professional, and I’ve been recruiting folks for various companies for somewhere around 10 years. Overall things have been well, but lately I’ve been noticing an unusual trend: After setting up an interview with a hiring manager, the candidates don’t show and drop off the face of the earth!

2011 51

?? 365 Top Tips to Rock Your Job Search Every Day of 2018

JobMob

Did you spellcheck and proofread your resume and cover letter? Use fewer pronouns (I,my,me) in your cover letter. Use rejection-response letters. Use external recommendations in cover letters. Address being overqualified before they ask. Prepare a cover story if you want to change careers. Prepare reference letters in advance. Job listings specify salary to filter out candidates. Ask for interviews in cover letters.

2018 63

7-Step Resume Strategy For Overcoming The Resume Black Hole

Career Realism

In this economy, it’s tough to advise you to apply for something you’re underqualified for when there are hundreds of other qualified candidates. Conversely, applying for positions you are overqualified for will get you about the same results. Hiring managers are NERVOUS to hire overqualified people for one reason – they don’t want to risk hiring you now and having you up and leave when a better job comes along. That would make you the ideal candidate.

2013 63

366 Job Search Tips for Every Day of 2016

JobMob

Use fewer pronouns (I,my,me) in your cover letter. Use rejection-response letters. Use external recommendations in cover letters. Address being overqualified before they ask. Prepare a cover story if you want to change careers. Prepare reference letters in advance. Job listings specify salary to filter out candidates. Respond to job ads with point-by-point cover letters. Ask for interviews in cover letters.

2016 64

why don’t hiring managers look for potential in people?

Ask A Manager

I’m either overqualified or still don’t have enough experience, apparently even if paid training is advertised as part of the position. Do they look at what the candidate has done and actually comprehend it, or honestly, do they just not “get” some specifics? And why, when someone may have potential, and has applied thinking they would be trained and therefore have a chance, do they not even look at that candidate?

2014 59

why don’t hiring managers look for potential in people?

Ask A Manager

I’m either overqualified or still don’t have enough experience, apparently even if paid training is advertised as part of the position. Do they look at what the candidate has done and actually comprehend it, or honestly, do they just not “get” some specifics? And why, when someone may have potential, and has applied thinking they would be trained and therefore have a chance, do they not even look at that candidate?

2012 62

should I try to get my HR rep fired, new boss lives on my street, and more

Ask a Manager

Why do senior candidates apply to entry-level roles? Most commonly, employers will disregard applicants who are highly overqualified and don’t explain why they’re interested in the job anyway. One way to stand out against them is to write a compelling, personalized cover letter.).

2021 33

wee answer Wednesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

Mentioning a large raise in your cover letter. I’m working on some draft cover letters for my job search and I was wondering if it’s ever advisable to mention getting a significant raise (~8+%) after less than a year of employment, ideally to show how my work was valued at my company. However, I am afraid I am overqualified for many positions I’ve found, as I have a Bachelor’s degree (in a hard science).

driving 12 hours to a job interview, is there hope for college dropouts, and more

Ask A Manager

Those are the employers who are smart enough to know that a degree is really a quick way to screen for some basic education and the wherewithal to stick with something at least minimally challenging for four years — but that once you’re dealing with candidates with years of experience, their track record in the real world says much more about what they’re capable of than a degree can say.). Should you really avoid “I” statements in a cover letter?

2013 57

applying for a full-time job and asking to work part-time

Ask a Manager

Still, I think if I put it in the cover letter, I may as well not apply at all for all the consideration they’re going to give me. If it’s entry-level, (a) they’re really unlikely to want to compromise on the role in this way, because they’re almost certainly going to have plenty of other qualified candidates who will be happy to do the work full-time, and (b) you sound like you’re overqualified for it anyway.

2015 30

I don’t want to take on a new role, baby talk part 2, and more

Ask A Manager

I don’t like job candidates asking me what I don’t like about my company. One of the questions asked by the candidate at the end was “What don’t you like about the company?” It’s absolutely reasonable — and, in fact, smart — for candidates to ask questions like this. Do HR professionals typically dismiss a received resume and cover letter if the application program “chewed up” the resume?

2013 55

how to stand out at a job fair

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager how to stand out at a job fair March 14, 2011 A few months ago, I attended a bunch of job fairs to search for candidates for some jobs I was hiring for. Posted in job searching A few months ago, I attended a bunch of job fairs to search for candidates for some jobs I was hiring for. bad candidate behavior: "sorry about 4 years ago, but can I have a job now?" Thompsons cover letter get him an interview?

personality tests, gifts for managers, and more

Ask A Manager

How much weight do employers give personality tests that they ask candidates to fill out? Should I indicate if work was part-time or occasional on my resume (or in my cover letter)? I am more worried about appearing either a) overqualified when I apply to an appropriate job or b) disingenuous when more details come out later. Should I mention my early graduation at any point, in my resume, cover letter, or hypothetical interview?

2013 54

my employer won’t interview me for an open position, even though I’m already doing the work

Ask a Manager

I know that by this time they have gone through the resumes/cover letters, and had to have seen my name. I really feel like my boss is trying to keep me as her assistant, but as I am graduating with a master’s this semester, I do not feel like this is what I should settle for, especially since I would then be way overqualified and I am currently doing the duties of the new position. Um, you’re in that candidate pool.

2014 30

short answer Sunday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions

Ask A Manager

Actually, a card with a heartfelt note from you — or no card but just a heartfelt letter — would be the best gift you could give, way better than anything you might buy. If I did that in order to get past the “overqualified&# excuse, how much trouble could I get into if they later found out? I mentioned that I had been in for an interview last year in my cover letter. Yesterday, they called to tell me that it was down to me and another candidate.

2011 53

bad recruiter behavior: deceptive sales tactics

Ask A Manager

But here’s a story of the type of recruiter you don’t want to work with — the deceptive, slimy kind who annoys the employers they’re hoping to pitch candidates to. And also because the few times I’ve said yes, the candidates sent to me were never as strong as the ones I found on my own … and on top of that, their fees are really high when you’re hiring for nonprofits.) If the candidate is fantastic, we might be willing to pay the fee.&#

2011 57

don't send poetry as your writing sample, and other suggestions.

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager don’t send poetry as your writing sample, and other suggestions for job applicants December 30, 2010 I’m hiring college students for several internships right now, which means that the candidates are a mix of really impressive/prepared and really … not. Don’t include in your cover letter a link to your blog about your chronic masturbation habit. Thompsons cover letter get him an interview?

2010 51

the roots of Ask a Manager… — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

In January 2007 — before Ask a Manager existed — I was feeling antsy about the many ways in which I was seeing job candidates torpedoing their own chances. In January 2007 — before Ask a Manager existed — I was feeling antsy about the many ways in which I was seeing job candidates torpedoing their own chances. bad candidate behavior: "sorry about 4 years ago, but can I have a job now?" Thompsons cover letter get him an interview?

2011 50

mini answer Monday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

” (Plus, keep in mind that if they did turn it into a regular position, they’d presumably then advertise that and solicit other applicants, not just hire you without talking to other candidates too.). But it’s probably not helping your chances that many employers will look at your background, think you’re overqualified for the work or that it’s not a natural fit for your career progression, and discard you simply based on that.

2012 56

tiny answer Tuesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

I was told I was one of the top candidates. A week later, they called me and told me they decided to go with anther candidate, but the HR representative said she would be more than willing to help me look elsewhere in the company. I do not believe I was overqualified, so I ruled that out. ” And in a market where most job openings attract tons of well-qualified candidates, that’s very common.

my coworkers are going to my dad about problems with me, a parking kerfuffle, and more

Ask a Manager

Realistically, I know that has some role in my being hired, but I am qualified for the job; in fact, I’m overqualified (the job requires an associate’s degree, I have a master’s degree). Since I can’t contact job candidates’ current managers, how can I know if they’re hiding problems at a current job? The content would be as professional as expected (based on the posts you’ve made regarding how to write good resumes and cover letters).

2014 30

I don’t have any work to do at my new job, awful resume feedback, and more

Ask a Manager

Even I know not to waste space with objectives or bios outside of a cover letter. Why would a company be scheduling second interviews while still apparently seeking out more candidates? It’s actually the smart thing to do, because they have no way of knowing if their current crop of candidates will lead to a successful hire or not — they might end up not wanting to hire anyone from the current group, or the person they want to hire might turn down their offer.

2015 30

do what you say you're going to do

Ask A Manager

short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? job listing asks candidates to submit a headshot apparently (many) outplacement firms suck ► January 2011 (33) my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him better answers to "what are your weaknesses" short answer Saturday: another job search edition what should a resignation letter say?

2011 67

Social media CAN get you a job … or, I hired a blog reader — Ask a.

Ask A Manager

Last month, while screening candidates for a job I was hiring for, I received a cover letter that easily stood out as the best I’d received for that position so far. For starters, she was legitimately a strong candidate. No good employer is going to hire you on the basis of your social media presence if you’re not also a strong candidate offline too. they’ll almost always prefer you over a similarly qualified candidate who is a stranger.

How to manage a college education | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk

Here’s why career centers are terrible: Career centers cater to companies, not candidates. I waitressed during school and summers to help pay for books and the tuition that wasn't covered by aid. Is this your first time here? About this blog | About my company, Brazen Careerist | Penelopes guide to starting a blog How to manage a college education Posted to: College students January 21st, 2010 Del.icio.us

2010 84

I will review your resume this week

Ask A Manager

short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list am I wrong to be insulted by this rejection letter? job listing asks candidates to submit a headshot apparently (many) outplacement firms suck ► January 2011 (33) my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him better answers to "what are your weaknesses" short answer Saturday: another job search edition what should a resignation letter say?

2011 60