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I’m Overqualified, Should I Go for a Higher Position?

I’m Overqualified, Should I Go for a Higher Position?

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Overqualified Higher PositionDear J.T. & Dale: Because I have two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s, I am “overqualified” for jobs that require only a high school diploma. Since I am trying to get a job, why would employers think I will leave? Once I am hired, I am happy! I stop the miserable task of job hunting and get to work. I suppose this stems from me thinking that I need to start at the bottom and work my way up. Is this attitude outdated? – Rose

DALE: One of the important themes of what J.T. and I have been writing is that a job offer is a logical connection; that is, the offer comes when your career and qualifications make hiring you a logical choice.

Wise managers want to hire someone who is delighted to get the job – not to get ANY job, but the one particular job they have to offer. They assume that you would take a lower-level job only because you can’t get anything else and that you are desperate. As you can imagine, that’s NOT where they want to start a new employee relationship.

J.T.: To overcome the assumptions about you, you’ll have to bypass the online systems that are screening you out. I suggest that the next time you see a job that interests you, you should jump on your social networks and see if you know someone who works there.

The goal should be to get an introduction to someone at the company so you can proactively reach out and talk about the company and the best way to get your application to be considered. This can help you increase your chances of getting an interview, and that’s when you have a realistic shot at convincing them that you plan to stick around!

Feel free to send questions to J.T. and Dale via e-mail at [email protected] or write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10019.

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