Overqualified For The Job?

Overqualified For The Job?

We often hear advice on overcoming the feeling that we are not qualified enough or good enough for the job that we’re interviewing for – but what happens when you feel overqualified for the job?

Being labelled as “overqualified” is a problem that you can face at any point in your professional career. A candidate is considered as overqualified in situations where their background-education, experience, or previous title or salary-is well beyond what the specified job requires.

Why is being overqualified problematic?

An overqualified applicant may cause hiring managers to question why you’re willing to take on a position that could be considered a step down, and wonder whether you’ll jump ship as soon as a better opportunity comes along. Companies and hiring managers want to avoid  investing in hiring and training someone who isn’t dedicated to sticking around long-term.

Being overqualified might also lead an employer to assume that you’re out of their price range.

However, there are ways to prove to hiring managers that you’re genuinely interested in the position and that your advanced skills could serve as a great asset to the company.

Be Honest With Yourself

Ask yourself why you’re applying for a position that’s below your skill level in first place. Many people apply to jobs below their skill level out of financial necessity. In which case, you should always ensure that the industry and company that you are applying to is one that you would apply to under any circumstances.

Some mid-career professionals take entry-level positions in order to make a career change, as sometimes the only way to get into a new company or new field is to start at the bottom and work your way up.

Once you understand your reasons for applying for a certain position, you will have a much easier time convincing your hiring managers that you’re serious about the position.

Focus on Your Skills

Format your resume to focus on your relevant skills and accomplishments first and your professional background second. Putting more of an emphasis on your skills and responsibilities than your previous job titles or education can draw your interviewee’s attention to the fact that you may be more efficient than your competition in the position  rather than the fact that you have more extensive experience.

Show Your Worth

Use your cover letter to your advantage and distil any doubt about your seriousness in your application for the position. In your cover letter you can be open and honest about your extensive background, but follow it up by explaining why you’re interested in the position.

Once you’ve explained your position, describe how your skills make you valuable. Any hiring manager will have a hard time turning you down if you present concrete ways in which you could be an asset to the company.

Flip the Script

Be prepared for the possibility that your interviewer will ask whether you think you’re overqualified. The best response is to turn the question around – ask your interviewer what their ideal candidate looks like and what the expectations of the role would be, and show them how you fit that description and will be able to exceed expectations.

The best course of action to take in any situation where you may find yourself overqualified for a position is to remain honest – both with yourself and your interviewee; and to highlight the many ways in which you could be an asset to the company. If you’re ever unsure on how to proceed, get in touch with your recruiting expert for advice.

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How Accepting a Counteroffer Can Make or Break Your Career

How Accepting a Counteroffer Can Make or Break Your Career

Picture this: you’ve just received a great job offer, and once you resign from your current job,  your current employer offers you another great counteroffer. With two tempting offers on the table, how do you choose?

Deciding whether to accept a counteroffer or move on is not a decision that should be taken lightly; it will most-likely have an effect on the future of your career after all.

Understanding Why Employers Counteroffer

It’s best to start by understanding why your employer made a counteroffer in the first place.
Are they concerned about losing you as a valuable member of their team?

Let’s face it, recruiting higher-level employees is expensive. In fact, it can cost up to as much as 213% of a senior-level employee’s salary to recruit a replacement after he or she has left the company. Not to mention, employees with specialized skills can be few and far between, and may take a long time to replace.

Accepting Counteroffers: The Upside

There are pros to accepting a counteroffer from your current employer: you won’t need to navigate your way around working methods and processes of a new company, or insert yourself into a new team of strangers. You already know the ins and outs of your current company, and you’ve been offered more money to do what you’re already doing. Sounds great, right?

Studies show that 80% of employees who accept a counteroffer lose their jobs within six months of accepting. This begs the question: is money enough to overcome the problems that made you want to look for a new job in the first place?

Accepting Counteroffers: The Downside

Its always important to reflect back on why you started looking for a new job in the first place. Only a small percentage of employees resign from their jobs due to money. If you are looking to move elsewhere, is it because you feel underappreciated, restricted or frustrated? And will these feelings really change simply by increasing your salary?

Have you considered how accepting a counteroffer might affect your relationship with your employer? It’s important to remember that your employer now knows that you wanted to leave the company, and that you only stayed because more money was put on the table. This might lead to your employer questioning your loyalty to the company in the future.

Employees who are seen as less loyal, are typically seen as more expendable. Should a time come where the company needs to make some redundancies, you’ll be higher up the list than those employees who are seen as devoted and dependable. Besides, you wanted to leave anyway, right?

There is also of course, opportunity cost to consider. What new, exciting opportunities and career paths would you be passing up by staying where you are comfortable? Could you potentially grow more in a personal and professional capacity by placing yourself in a new environment, with new challenges and possibilities?

Deciding whether or not to accept a counteroffer can be difficult and confusing. Making a list of pros and cons using the above topics as question points can be helpful. It’s often best to find out as much information as possible about your potential new employer  by speaking to your recruiter, so you have all the facts you need to make the best choice for your personal and professional growth.

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