In today’s economic climate, many people are out of work and on the job hunt. Job searching is stressful in a healthy time, but when so many are looking, the competition is high. You know you need a top-of-the-line resume to even get through the automated systems and into the hands of a human. But once that happens, does the reader think your resume gives the impression that you are overqualified for the job you are applying for? Or are you truly overqualified for the job that your heart desires?
Having too many qualifications for a job can be detrimental to a job seeker looking for either a different type of position or one considered “lower”. Deciding how to write your resume properly to get the job you want is a necessity.
However, there is one other thing to consider when re-writing your resume. Be sure to include the important things. Deleting things from your resume can be very detrimental to your job search, even if you feel it will over-qualify you.
Something else to keep in mind about changing your resume around for the one single job that you want is that the company may have other openings. This is an important point to consider—quite often, a resume will be passed around within a company if the job you want is not available. When you suddenly present a resume that is accurate and different from the original, your prospective employer will be put off. So, the problem that presents itself is how to write the resume, still show that you have a lot of qualifications—but scare possible employers away.
You are determined to get a job that you really want, but you are overqualified for it. There may be a number of reasons for your decision to “lower yourself”, and this is something to consider when talking to prospective employers. Once your resume has made it into an employer’s hands, and they seem interested, some will be confused. Why would you want a job that is beneath you? Have some valid reasons to explain your reasoning. Tell them what made you come to this decision. You don’t need to say, “well, I can’t get anything else”, but you could say something like, “Yes, I know I might be a little overqualified, but this type of position has always interested me and I think having these extra skills could really impact the position and what it could do for ABC Co.” etc.
Changing industries and jobs may be more difficult to do due to being overqualified. On the other hand, your willingness to learn something new may make all the difference in the world when the prospective employer considers you for the job. It does not matter if you are overqualified for a job or not—it is still possible to get it. Communicating properly—both verbally and through demonstrating an eagerness to learn and change—will make a huge impression.