I Keep Being Told I'm Overqualified By Jeremy Cyrus 07/17/2012
Employers often reject job seekers on the grounds that they're overqualified, and would therefore cost more than a lower level employee with only the relevant skill sets. Lower level candidates are also morelikely to stay with the company over the long term instead of leaving soon to pursue better opportunities. Some employers simply use this term to dismiss candidates without hurting their feelings, and some use it to protect themselves from accusations of discrimination.
So there are all kinds of reasons an employer might say this, many of which are beyond your control. At the same time, if you're honestly over-credentialed for the kind of work you're seeking and you aren't interested in aiming any higher, there are certain resume tips that can help you navigate this.
Resume Tips: Managing Overqualification
1. Do you have a PhD? Outside of academia, PhDs are often not required by hiring managers looking for mid-career professionals. In some circles, they're even regarded withskepticism. You worked hard for your degree, and you should be proud of what you've accomplished. But if those three little letters are keeping you from getting where you need to be right now, just take them off the page. Plain and simple.
2. All the same, before you start mercilessly editing out your awards and publications, slow down. Too much of this can have a subtle but damaging impact on your self-respect, your long-term career path, and your future relationship with your next employer. Don't set yourself up for trouble.
3. Pare your resume down to one page. This is a good idea no matter how qualified you are, and it will help you get to the point and stay on message. We can guide you through this process.
4. After you complete your resume, be prepared to frame your qualifications and goals in an interview. Don't be caught off guard.