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3 Things You NEED To Know About Being ‘Overqualified’

3 Things You NEED To Know About Being ‘Overqualified’

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As a seasoned professional, being labeled as ‘overqualified’ is frustrating. You have the experience, so why don’t employers value it? Let’s face it: today’s job search is much different than job search was 20 years ago. Here are few things you need to know about getting a job when you’re tagged as ‘overqualified.’

Fact #1: It takes more than experience to get a job.

Sure, you can have all of the EXPERIENCE in the world for a job, but when you’re not actively keeping your SKILLS up to date, that’s where you run into problems. It’s a fast-paced world, and if you want to find a job, you need to keep up. Figure out where you need to upskill in your industry and start advancing your skills. Think about the technologies you’d need to use, tasks you’d need to complete, and projects you’d need to finish. Where would you struggle?

Fact #2: Nobody wants to overpay for services – especially, employers.

Unfortunately, the hard truth is that you might not make the salary you had at your last job. Employers are finding job candidates with the skills they need for less money, paying more for someone who can do the same thing isn’t exactly something all employers get excited about. You need to understand what salaries are competitive for that role in that industry, then find ways to market yourself more effectively. Employers need to justify paying you what you’re asking for, so figure out what you can bring to the table that other candidates can’t.

Fact #3: It’s not your age that’s holding you back, it’s your strategy.

You can’t change your age, but you can change how you approach your job search. The truth is, job search has changed drastically over the last 10 years. If you want to stand out and get interviews, you need to ditch those old job search strategies in favor of new ones. What used to work for you likely won’t work for you now.

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Ariella Coombs Ariella is the Content Strategist and Career Coach for Work It Daily. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in journalism. Follow her @AriellaCoombs or find her on Google+.