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.

3 Tips on Resumes to Avoid Appearing Overqualified

Career Realism

Here are three tips to avoid looking overqualified. Resume & Cover Letter advice career expert overqualified resume tipHave the experience but still can't get a job? Your resume may be looking a little too good. To get this useful advice and many other helpful career resources, visit us now at CAREEREALISM.com.

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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.

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.

2009 100

The 6-Second Resume Challenge

Professional Resume Services

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. It’s understandable you may be applying for a position you’re overqualified for. Blog Executive Resumes executive profile executive resume cover letter executive resume writing

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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? In that case, your cover letter should give a reasonable and positive explanation for seeking a lower level position: You like hands-on work more than supervision, you want a chance to mentor others now you have achieved the highest levels of your profession, you are transitioning from another industry.

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. The better suggestion is to keep applying and handle your over qualifications in your cover letter. You have worked hard and maybe even hired a professional, but you finally have a fantastic resume that highlights every positive aspect of your career perfectly.

2012 152

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.

2019 61

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….

How To Avoid Becoming An 'Underemployed' Graduate

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.

2019 52

Why Less Experience Could Get You Hired

Professional Resume Services

The idea is such a joke that there is now a book out by this name, Overqualified by Joey Comeau. Comeau writes cover letters to send with resumes, but they are not your run of the mill cover letters. The following is a guest post from careers writer, Brendan Cruickshank. + Instead, they are outrageous,

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3 Reasons Why Someone Less Qualified Got The Job

Career Realism

So it’s up to you to communicate exactly what you want them to know through your cover letter, resume, and/or online presence. Check out these related articles: How To Edit Your Overqualified Resume. Overcome Being Overqualified For Part Time Work. 3 Resume Tips To Avoid Appearing Overqualified. Job Search overqualified It’s a soul-crushing feeling. I know, because I’ve felt it. You probably have, too.

2013 88

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. “Go to college or get a job.”

2018 113

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.

2017 148

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 73

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.

2010 126

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

Career Alley

And have them look at your cover letter, too, while they’re at it! This may seem counterintuitive, but it can be the solution if (and only if) you are overqualified for the positions you are seeking. “ There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle ” – Albert Einstein. Are you sending out dozens of resumes a day but not getting any responses?

2012 241

Career Solvers Interviewed on Work It Girl Radio

Career Solvers

What do you do when employers tell you that you are overqualified? 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. We chatted about a number of job search and workplace topics including: Is there any movement in the job market?

2010 48

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?

2009 122

Switching Careers at the Executive Level

Jennifer Anthony

← 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?

2009 122

Life After College: What It’s Really All About

Ms. Career Girl

In the wake of my college graduation, I sent out a newly minted resume and several shy cover letters to any job that remotely resembled my major (English). One manager told me on the phone that he simply could not let me file legal documents in a dark, moldy basement because I was overqualified and his conscience would never forgive him.

2018 165

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. Indicate why you have such a large gap in your cover letter. You’re Applying to a Job You’re Overqualified For.

2020 52

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. 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? Thompsons cover letter get him an interview?

2011 59

Top 3 Ways To Waste Time On Your Job Search

Career Realism

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.”. Including all relevant information for a specific job in a cover letter, but not on your actual resume. 3 Good Reasons To Spend More Time On Your Cover Letter.

2013 87

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!)

The Worst Resume Advice I’ve EVER Heard

Career Realism

For further reading, check out two of my latest articles 7 Things You Should Never Include on Your Resume and 5 Things You Should Never Say in Your Cover Letter. 3 Resume Tips To Avoid Appearing Overqualified. Over the years, I’ve had clients come to me and ask all kinds of questions about advice they’ve heard in regards to resume writing. Some advice was on point like the importance of personal branding, other advice was further off base.

2014 88

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? Overqualified is a bad label in more ways that you can think of.

2011 57

?? 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. Respond to job ads with point-by-point cover letters.

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

Workology

In this economy, there is an abundance of extremely educated, intelligent and experienced candidates who are consistently overlooked for positions they are “overqualified” for. The basic rationale, which is as backward as the hiring process itself, is companies’ fear an overqualified candidate will leave for greener pastures six months to a year after being hired. Don’t hide behind an anonymous form rejection letter.

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.

2013 63

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.

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. Respond to job ads with point-by-point cover letters. Ask for interviews in cover letters. A cover letter’s goal is to get your resumes read.

2016 64

Potential Reasons Why You're Not Getting Hired

Career Realism

AH-HA MOMENT AUTHORS APPLICATION TAKE THE FREE QUIZ WINNERS APPROVED EXPERTS BECOME AN EXPERT EXPERT BENEFITS EXPERT SCHEDULE INTERVIEW PREP PERSONAL BRANDING RESUME & COVER LETTER YOUNG PROFESSIONAL SCORING AN INTERNSHIP C-TWIPS FEATURED TWEETS ORIGINAL PROJECT T.A.P. It means you have to have the perfect resume and cover letter, tailored for each position to which you apply, that easily shows that you have the background (or potential) for the position.

2010 87

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?

2011 60

inheriting a longtime employee who isn’t doing his job, former employee was jailed for stealing $100,000, and more

Ask a Manager

Also, be careful about considering yourself overqualified. Having a degree for a job that doesn’t require one (graduate or otherwise) doesn’t in and of itself make you overqualified. If you have education or experience doing A but you’re in a job doing B, your’e not overqualified. Cover letters for text boxes. I’ve uploaded my resume, but it also allows you to copy/paste text for a cover letter into a text box to be included.

How To Avoid Becoming An 'Underemployed' Graduate

Career Realism

A recent report from Yahoo Finance indicates that the underemployment rate for recent 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. It's not enough to send out a resume and cover letter and just hope that you'll be contacted.

2019 41

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. 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.). This was originally published on October 26, 2012.

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. 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.).

2012 62

it’s your Friday good news

Ask a Manager

I’ve been a regular reader of your blog for years, and have improved my resume and cover letters so much based on your advice. After a grueling 9 month job search during a pandemic, this over 50, overqualified but undereducated, and generally stressed out woman has finally accepted a job offer! Alison’s excellent advice regarding cover letters and interviewing had a great impact. It’s your Friday good news, with more accounts of success even in this weird time.

2020 23

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

Ask a Manager

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 34

my career hit a dead end when we moved to a small town

Ask a Manager

In my cover letter, I explained that an administrative support position in my field is now my desired career path and would really enjoy working in a support role in a field in which I excel. (I I’m upbeat in my letters and feel like my tone is can-do/proactive.

2021 40

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).