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Advice If You're Applying For a Job For Which You're Overqualified

Too Qualified For a Job

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Your first question may be, “Why would someone apply for a job for which they’re overqualified?”

Well, let me tell you!

Many people find themselves out of work for a long period of time, and realize that after months and months of searching that there are too few jobs at their level of seniority to realistically attain one.

Another reason would be that after years of management experience, a person with a lot of experience simply wants to downgrade their level of responsibility (and presumably stress).

So if this is you, how do you navigate applying for a job that your resume suggests you’re too qualified (and by association too expensive) to be considered?

I always tell my clients that they need to focus on the problems they can solve for the employer. Don’t focus on past experiences. Focus on the present and your insight into the challenges they need to overcome with the position they’re hiring for. Humble yourself and make it clear that these are challenges you are eager to pursue helping them overcome!

If you’re interested in reading more on this topic, check out this really insightful Forbes piece.

What other kinds of specific job search situations would you like to know more about?