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How to Prove You Aren't Overqualified for a Role

How to Prove You Aren't Overqualified for a Role
From Recruiter - October 24, 2016

If you are trying to take a step down the career ladder for any reason, you may hear from numerous employers thatyou are overqualified for their role. This can bea frustrating experience as evidenced by a question I recently received from a job seeker:

I am trying to take a step back in my career until my baby turns two (he is six months old now), but I keep getting told I am overqualified. How do I get past this roadblock?

Itcan be tricky.When an employer tells you that youre overqualified for a position, it roughly translates to: Im concerned that youre not going to stay here for long or that you will want a higher salarythan we can afford.

So, how do you put those fears to bed?

A cover letter, resume, or email is not going to cut it here. You need to speak with the employer and explain why you want to take a step back in your career. You should also discuss how long it will be before you are ready to advance your career again.

It is up to you how much information you share.You are not required to disclose your family situation or any other information that you feel could sparkbias in the employer. Have a clear idea of the salary range you are aiming for. If you are unsure of this, you can research pay rates for the job and industry. You may also want to sit down and work out how much you need to earn to pay your bills. Come up with a satisfactory range so you can discuss salary options with the hiring team when you are ready.



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