You may find yourself applying for positions in which you have much more experience than required. It could be because you’re not finding jobs that you are qualified for, or that you want to take your career in another direction. Either way, employers may look at you or your application with skepticism and think you will be bored or leave as soon as a better opportunity comes along.
In order to get them away from that line of thinking, try the following:
- Only list responsibilities on your resume that are relevant to that position.
- Reconfigure your resume to highlight skills and not experience.
- Be honest about your qualifications, but make sure not to seem frustrated by the position.
- Write a flawless cover letter explaining your situation and why you would make a perfect fit in that company. This may be your best defense and a way to get your foot in the door.
- Leave things off your resume completely. Instead, tone down and limit responsibilities.
- Say, “Well I really couldn’t find anything else, so that’s why I’m here.” Let the company know that you do want to work for them and you think you can bring a lot to the position. Give examples of how your qualifications can improve their business.
- Let them think you will leave if something better comes around. Assure them that you are in this for the long haul.
- Go into the interview without preparing to be asked about your rich experience. Prepare to be questioned about why you want to take what may perceived as a step down in your career.
In a competitive market, being overqualified can be daunting. Stay confident and be sure to compliment the company by letting them know it would be an honor to work for them. If you do get a job that seems a little beneath your skills, don’t fret! Use this opportunity as a way to get in with a company and move your way up their corporate ladder.