We can all remember looking for that first “real job” and hearing the words, “sorry, we need someone with more experience”. These are frustrating and disappointing words to an eager young job seeker. Years later, you are once again a job applicant. Have you been told “sorry, you are overqualified”? For me, the second scenario was more frustrating. As an inexperienced applicant, you almost anticipate that rejection. With years of job stability and sold work experience, it can be quite a shock to hear that these good qualities are causing the “overqualified” rejection.
How can you overcome this obstacle? Before you submit your resume for a position that you know or believe might fall in the overqualified category, review your resume and revise it. Often a hiring manager will toss out resumes that clearly signal too much experience, too much education – overqualified! In this situation, there is no interview. You have been labeled and rejected based on the resume.