What If You Overqualify For The Job You Want?

Professional Resume Services

Sometimes, you find yourself in the unenviable category of “ overqualified ” candidates 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.

What to Do When You're an Overqualified Executive

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 ← Switching Careers at the Executive Level Strengthening Your Executive Resume With the Right Keywords → What to Do When You’re an Overqualified Executive Posted on December 31, 2009 by Jennifer Anthony By Heather Eagar The job market is definitely suffering nowadays.

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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.

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Overqualified For The Job: What Are Your Options?

Career Realism

The words “you’re overqualified for this position” are frustrating. Why did the recruiter or hiring manager call you in for an interview if they felt you were overqualified? With the right resume and cover letter, you can beat the “overqualified” response. Photo Credit: Shutterstock The post Overqualified For The Job: What Are Your Options?

Should You Dumb Down Your Resume?

Professional Resume Services

After all of that you are still not getting called in for interviews and are left with the question of whether or not you should dumb down your resume. 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. This is also a pointless exercise because you will probably be caught even before the interview.

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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. And yet I know many of you are still unconverted and since I would like you to actually get interviews, I’m going to continue to beat you over the head about this.

How College Grads Can Get A Jump On The Job Search

Career Realism

A recent report from Yahoo Finance indicates that the underemployment rate for college graduates is higher today than it was a decade ago, meaning more grads are taking minimum wage jobs or jobs that they're overqualified for in order to make ends meet. You should also prepare a "disruptive" cover letter where you really bring attention to yourself by telling a story about how you connect with the company.

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Career Solvers Interviewed on Work It Girl Radio

Career Solvers

Home About Us How It Works FAQs Contact Resources Request a Proposal Thursday, September 9th, 2010 Career Solvers Interviewed on Work It Girl Radio Last week I was interviewed by Lisa Johnson Mandell and Janet Powers on their Work It Girl radio show. What do you do when employers tell you that you are overqualified?

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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. Also find guidance on how to answer some of the most common interview questions you could face in an interview situation.

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did I prepare too much for this interview — and turn off the employer?

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: After submitting my resume and cover letter to the president and director of a major company for an executive assistant opportunity, I was contacted for a phone interview. I aced the phone interview and was invited for a face-to-face. Since I really wanted this position, I made sure to study the company and position requirements, and brush up on my interview skills. I interviewed with the president and director of the company.

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How to Age-Proof Your Resume

Jobacle

A new organizational structure can make sure that you are not labeled as “overqualified” and filtered out immediately. LiveCareer offers a treasure trove of materials to aid jobseekers in their journeys towards dream jobs, including tons of examples of how to approach resume writing, plus guidance on interviewing and cover letter writing.

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

Workology

Taylor Grey sent the email response out of frustration after having applied for 30 jobs and turned down with the Padres not even receiving an interview. In this economy, there is an abundance of extremely educated, intelligent and experienced candidates who are consistently overlooked for positions they are “overqualified” for. Don’t hide behind an anonymous form rejection letter. Now you’re required to submit a resume and cover letter online.

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? Conversely, applying for positions you are overqualified for will get you about the same results.

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

Career Alley

The job search is a frustrating process no matter what, but if you’re not even getting to the interview stage, it can seem devastating. And have them look at your cover letter, too, while they’re at it! It’s not an interview, but it is an opportunity to get face time with the people that matter. Instead, they’ll likely sift through just enough to find several qualified candidates to bring in for interviews and then stop looking.

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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.

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

Ask A Manager

I applied for a job in July and was contacted two weeks ago to set up a interview in mid-September. Within days of scheduling the interview, I also completed and returned a 10-question pre-screen form, asking questions about whether I’d be willing to relocate, when I would be able to start if offered the job, etc. Or do I wait to mention it at the interview? Should you really avoid “I” statements in a cover letter?

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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. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing why you can’t get that job or aren’t getting that interview. Interviews take practice.

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Should a receptionist tell callers when someone is out sick, consolation prize interviews, and more

Ask A Manager

I have only gotten a few interviews, unfortunately, and I know it is because I am being viewed as overqualified. I try to address this the best I can in my cover letter. My question involves how to address why I am not applying by motion for the bar in the new state I am living in, which would allow me to practice here, both in interviews and when applying for jobs. Is this interview a consolation prize? It’s five answers to five questions.

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So You Think You've Reached the Peak and the Only Direction Left.

Boomers Next Step

Contact Podcast Release Submit Article Resources Site Map Home Careers Cover Letters Interviewing Resume Help Age Bias Lifestyle Networking Entrepreneurs Franchising Retirement Start Ups Videos Related Posts Similar Posts No Related Post Finding Work Today Boomer Fitness Walk, Then Run Beginning Triathlete – Important Triathlon Training Tips Why Do You Need a Heart Rate Monitor? You’re getting interviews which means your resume is working.

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Switching Careers at the Executive Level

Jennifer Anthony

However, any contrasts would likely be mentioned in your interview and shouldn’t be focused on at all in your resume. ← Getting the Most Out of Your Executive Resume What to Do When You’re an Overqualified Executive → Like Be the first to like this post. Recent Posts Does Your Cover Letter Match the Job You Are Applying For?

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Strengthening Your Executive Resume With the Right Keywords.

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 ← What to Do When You’re an Overqualified Executive Job Hunting in 2010? ← What to Do When You’re an Overqualified Executive Job Hunting in 2010? Recent Posts Does Your Cover Letter Match the Job You Are Applying For?

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

Ask a Manager

This office does great work, and this is a field that I would like to stay in, so I applied and thought that I would at least be called for an interview since I am essentially already doing the job, but nothing happened. I know that by this time they have gone through the resumes/cover letters, and had to have seen my name. The fact that I haven’t been even called in for a simple interview has been eating away at me. bad interviewer behavior

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Solving The Over Qualified Job Hunting Problem! | Boomers Next Step

Boomers Next Step

Contact Podcast Release Submit Article Resources Site Map Home Careers Cover Letters Interviewing Resume Help Age Bias Lifestyle Networking Entrepreneurs Franchising Retirement Start Ups Videos Related Posts Similar Posts No Related Post Finding Work Today Boomer Fitness Walk, Then Run Beginning Triathlete – Important Triathlon Training Tips Why Do You Need a Heart Rate Monitor?

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

Ask A Manager

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. However, I don’t know how that can’t be avoided in an interview if someone has extreme bias against a particular race or gender (etc.). is that interview question legal? what does this interview question mean?

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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.”.

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I answered more questions on the radio this weekend

Ask a Manager

We talked about: what to do if you’re overqualified. The segment is six and a half minutes and you can listen here: You may also like: if you’re not getting interviews, here’s how to fix your resume and cover letter how do background checks work? I was on public radio’s Marketplace Weekend again this weekend, taking more questions from listeners about job searching. This was a bonus round because we got so many questions from people the week before!)

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

JobMob

Did you spellcheck and proofread your resume and cover letter? Prepare stories for your job interview. Know how to correctly pronounce your interviewer's name in advance. Use fewer pronouns (I,my,me) in your cover letter. Before job interviews, practice walking into the room. Use rejection-response letters. Stand during phone interviews. Use external recommendations in cover letters. Prepare reference letters in advance.

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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. Interviewer asked me which job requirements I don’t meet. I had an odd experience during an interview the other day. Is that a way to say he thinks I am overqualified because I actually have the required skills?

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366 Job Search Tips for Every Day of 2016

JobMob

Prepare stories for your job interview. Know how to correctly pronounce your interviewer’s name in advance. Use fewer pronouns (I,my,me) in your cover letter. Before job interviews, practice walking into the room. Use rejection-response letters. Stand during phone interviews. Use external recommendations in cover letters. Address being overqualified before they ask. If an interviewer tries to sell you on a job, let them.

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at an interview in a coffee shop, who pays for the coffee?

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager at an interview in a coffee shop, who pays for the coffee? February 26, 2011 A reader writes: At a job interview, I showed up at the company’s office and the person interviewing me announced we were not going to do the interview in his office, but at a local coffee shop. I say presumptuous because the interviewer sort of assumed that you would have the cash on hand to pay for coffee (or whatever).

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Potential Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Hired

Career Realism

Potential Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Hired It means you have to have the perfect resume and cover letter, tailored for each position that you apply for, that easily shows that you have the background (or potential) for the position. Some positions will come more easily than others, but they may be positions for which you feel you’re overqualified. In today’s job market , it’s very easy to become frustrated by the lack of response to your resume or application submissions.

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Potential Reasons Why You're Not Getting Hired

Career Realism

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interviewed with the flu; how can I redeem myself?

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager interviewed with the flu; how can I redeem myself? March 12, 2011 A reader writes: I was recently interviewed at a very reputable university that I’ve longed to work for and be accepted to as a student since I was a child. I’ve been applying to this university for over 6 months so you cannot imagine how ecstatic I was when I received an email indicating their interest to interview me. is that interview question legal?

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7-Step Resume Strategy For Overcoming The Resume Black Hole

Career Realism

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. Use Your Time Wisely All of the time you’re going to be saving from not applying for positions you are under- or overqualified for can be better redirected into optimizing your resume.

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interviewer was offended when I asked why the job was open

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager interviewer was offended when I asked why the job was open March 7, 2011 A reader writes: Any advice on how to “save&# an interview when the hiring manager indicates your question is offensive? Case in point: at a recent interview, I was asked if I had any questions about the position and I responded with, “Why is this position available? Terrible response by the interviewer to what is an excellent question.

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the 10 interview questions you're most likely to be asked — Ask a.

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager the 10 interview questions you’re most likely to be asked January 24, 2011 The absolute best way to kick ass in a job interview is to practice the hell out of the questions you’re likely to be asked. News & World Report today , I list the 10 most common questions you’re likely to be asked in an interview — which are thus the 10 you should rehearse and rehearse and rehearse. what was your worst interview?

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should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely.

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager should I give my interviewer a typed list of my answers to likely questions? April 5, 2011 A reader writes: I have interview for a position that I am really excited about this Thursday, so I have been trying to do as much preparation as I possibly can so that I can perform well. Part of what I’ve done is to collect around 20 interview questions and write down my answers. S/he already has that with your cover letter and resume.

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

Ask A Manager

Yet here I sit, not even able to get an interview. I’m either overqualified or still don’t have enough experience, apparently even if paid training is advertised as part of the position. And you need engaging, compelling cover letters too. And maybe “acceptable” was just a bad choice of words in your letter — but if it’s not getting you a single interview, it’s worth considering that it might need another look.).

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in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? January 5, 2011 A reader writes: I had a great second phone interview with a company I think would be perfect. Next, she wants me to phone interview with her boss, and THEN it’s some in-person interviews with CEOs, etc. Should I have brought it up with the interviewer today? It makes the whole rest of the interview irrelevant. You suck, interviewer!

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

Ask A Manager

Yet here I sit, not even able to get an interview. I’m either overqualified or still don’t have enough experience, apparently even if paid training is advertised as part of the position. And you need engaging, compelling cover letters too. And maybe “acceptable” was just a bad choice of words in your letter — but if it’s not getting you a single interview, it’s worth considering that it might need another look.).

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interviewer didn't give me any time to ask my own questions — Ask.

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager interviewer didn’t give me any time to ask my own questions December 29, 2010 A reader writes: I am stumped about a telephone interview I had today. He said that the hiring system there is a process, and I think they did the telephone interview since I do live so far away (one state over). Is it typical of a phone interview that they do not give you any details about them? is that interview question legal?

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it’s your Friday good news

Ask a Manager

A few months passed with no progress, but I eventually began interviewing with a company where the culture and product would be a better fit for me. Thanks to all the advice on Ask a Manager, I feel like I was able to prepare well for the interviews and negotiating an offer — when the offer came through I was able to confidently ask for a higher salary, and they increased it to about half of what I asked for!

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

Ask a Manager

Was it a faux pas to ask about benefits in an interview with the CEO? My husband was recently interviewing for a technical sales position. He had already had one interview with the person he would report to and was interviewing with that person again and the president of the company.

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