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What to do when you’re told you’re overqualified for a job

Sometimes having all the experience—and then some—can make it harder to land the position you want.

After you’ve worked at multiple jobs and tucked years of experience under your belt, you might feel like you’ve got the talent and expertise to land any position you want. What you might not expect is that your abundance of know-how can actually make it harder to get a job.

“Mid-level executives who are job hunting are sometimes faced with applying for a position where they may be overqualified based on their skills and experience,” says Cheryl Santiago, a career transition coach at GetHiredCoach.com. “This shouldn’t be a barrier [to employment], but often is.”

Hiring managers might figure you’re using this job opportunity as a temporary gig until a more senior position opens up elsewhere, or that you expect to earn a salary that’s commensurate with your experience. But just because a hiring manager thinks you look too good on paper doesn’t mean you’re out of the running.

Overcome your overqualification with these tactics.

Tweak your resume

A hiring manager might think a candidate with your experience will consider some of the tasks associated with the position to be beneath them. If you’re in a supervisory role, one subtle way to address this is to take on tasks you might otherwise assign to others and list them on your resume.

“That way, prospective hiring managers will see that you aren’t so far removed from those [lower-level] responsibilities as they may have previously thought,” says Lori Rassas, a career coach and author of Over the Hill But Not Over the Cliff: 5 Strategies for 50+ Job-Seekers to Push Past Ageism and Find a Job in the Loyalty-Free Workplace.

Of course, if you actually don’t want to do those tasks, you may want to re-think your interest in the position.

Don’t tiptoe around it

In your cover letter, address your experience mismatch outright. “Say you know you have certain skills or tenure that are above and beyond what the position calls for, but that you are looking for an additional type of challenge or opportunity,” says Alexandra Levit, a business speaker and author of Blind Spots: The 10 Business Myths You Can’t Afford to Believe

Not addressing the elephant in the room is a mistake, Levit says. “You aren’t making clear why the job in question is actually a good fit at this point in your life,” she says, “and all the hiring manager can think is, ‘It doesn’t make sense that this person is applying.’”

Focus on your interest in the job or company itself. Employers will be more likely to take a chance on you if you talk about why you’re passionate about the work rather than the fact that the job requires less travel or offers a shorter commute.

Emphasize your longevity

“The false assumption with overqualified candidates is that they will only take this job while they continue to search for the ‘right job,’” says Donna Shannon, president of Personal Touch Career Services. You’ll put everyone’s mind at ease if you stress that you’re in it for the long haul.

Again, use your cover letter or email introduction to explain why you want this exact job, and be upfront with the hiring manager during the interview that you understand this may be a concern—but that it’s one they need not worry about.

Be flexible on salary

One of the hurdles of bringing so much knowledge to the table is that interviewers expect you to want a commensurate paycheck. In most cases, they won’t augment the salary just because you have some extra know-how, so be prepared to take a pay cut if you want a job you could have taken several years ago.

“If the company asks about salary requirements, make sure to mention that you are flexible if the requested salary is less than what you made previously,” says Joseph Vijay Ingam, head career coach at Interview SOS in Los Angeles. “Never make it seem that the position is beneath you.”

Tap your network

Do you know someone who works for the company, or someone who knows the interviewer? Use that to your advantage. Whenever there’s an imbalance between what an employer is looking for and what you have to offer—be that too much or too little experience—knowing someone on the inside can be the key to unlocking doors.

“A marketing role opened up for one of my clients that was one level below her capability,” says Donna Svei, an executive resume writer at AvidCareerist.com. “She had been cultivating acquaintances who worked for the company through her wide circle of friends. She asked one of those people to give her resume to HR or the hiring manager and recommend her for an interview. It worked.”

Sell the advantages

Think about what your years of experience bring to the position, even if recruiters aren’t specifically looking for it. Instead of “overqualified,” view yourself as highly qualified with something extra to offer the company.

“My client positioned herself as bench strength for promotion when a next-level job opened up and reminded them that she would be there to train her replacement,” Svei says.

Emphasize that you are plenty capable of doing the job in question, and that your abundance of qualifications means you can assume greater responsibilities in less time than it would take to train someone else.


Consider this css, which make all elements in and with class become bold:

Of course the above will not change the font weight of elements outside form.

Code At: http://jsfiddle.net/a9qt8jw7/

However when I review my css with Sonar, I get this error Name of overqualified element should be removed. The error described at https://github.com/CSSLint/csslint/wiki/Disallow-overqualified-elements In brief

Writing selectors such as li.active are unnecessary unless the element name causes the class to behave differently. In most cases, it's safe to remove the element name from the selector, both reducing the size of the CSS as well as improving the selector performance (doesn't have to match the element anymore).

I don't want the other elements with class be bold and so I cannot simply remove the from css selector.

I used this kind of selectors a lot. I want to know what is the best way to change my css and fix this error. (I can not change my htmls, this will be a HUGE task!!)


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