Yesterday’s blog about the difference between inexperienced and overqualified left off with my promise to show you how to Beat the Overqualified Label. The ways to beat the overqualified label are easy to accomplish, and the results will be well worth the effort it takes.
1. Target your résumé and cover letter for each position. All job searchers should be doing this, but overqualified job searchers positively must do it. You have a wealth of experience in many areas. Select only the most relevant experience, skills and education that match the requirements of the job. The employer doesn’t have the time or interest in everything you have done only what you can for their company.
2. Highlight your unique value proposition. You have something no other candidate can provide. Find out what it is and use it in your cover letter, resume, thank you notes and all correspondence with the company. Show them how your unique value will benefit them now and in the future. Job titles are just that titles, don’t let them define you; let your unique value proposition be the emphasis.
3. Show how well you will fit in with the rest of the team. Today employers receive hundreds of qualified applicants for each open position. When they interview applicants, they are looking for the person they can work with all day, all week, and all year long. Some of the things they are looking for are a team player, a pleasant and stable personality. Keep your ego at bay especially if the hiring manager is younger than you.
4. Handle the salary situation with tact. Emphasize that salary is not an issue and that you are flexible. Let them know you are looking at the opportunity, and you’re sure the salary will be fair. You can, also, show them the benefits of hiring you by showing how you made or save money for your former employer.
5. Prove you are not outdated. Don’t stop learning. Keep up with the latest technology and show that you know how to use it and how you enjoy learning new things.
6. Ease their fear that you won’t leave when something better comes along. Show your passion for the position and the company at the interview by knowing as much as you can about the company and its’ products. Let them know about your loyalty at previous companies.
When you show you are the perfect candidate, your age won’t matter. You have beaten the competition by proving your skills and experience will benefit the company.