Dear Experts, I have my masters degree at 25 years old, but now I am thinking potential employers believe I'm overqualified for the jobs I'm applying for. Should I not put my masters on my resume? I have been job hunting since April with absolutely no luck in obtaining interviews or getting offers. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#226 I don't recommend removing your degree. You earned it! Try rethinking your search strategy instead. (@heatherhuhman) Q#226 I'd leave it on. It's a big accomplishment to get your MA. Don't worry, many people are having trouble finding jobs. (@gradversity) Q#226 Keep Master's degree on res. Make sure res matches up 2 wording on job description + accomplishments - this is key. (@kgrantcareers) Q#226 Focus on telling employers you need to gain experience so you can apply Master's. Put degrees at bottom of resume. Q#226 If U R working, keep up the hunt & keep chin up. If unemployed, find a charity/nonprofit 2 help 4 exp! (@beneubanks) Q#226 Adv degree may NOT be cause of no offers. Evaluate resume/job search approach 1st B4 focus on degree. (@keppie_careers) Q#226 My bet: lack of return is due to the resume, maybe job-search approach, not your degree. =] (@teenarose) Q#226 MA a + in well-crafted resume; ID what u want 2 do, tailor res 2 support it; cover letter key; network. (@juliaerickson) Q#226 Could be the degree. More likely your overall presentation is not piquing interest. Focus & target vital. (@dawnbugni) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
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The interview is one component of the job search process that most people love to hate. While it serves as a sign from the employer that you are being strongly considered for a position, it also can be a source of angst for candidates who fear they'll make mistakes that will cut them out of the running.
A great way to overcome the anxiety interviews produce is to begin feeling good about the process. Need help getting there? Here are five ways to build confidence for a job interview.
One great way to build your confidence going into the interview is by conducting plenty of research on the company and the position that you're going after. A common question interviewers ask is, "Do you know anything about our company?" Most times, candidates give vague answers, or—in a worst-case scenario—answer, "No."
If you're able to share the company's background information and showcase knowledge of its future goals for the position in question, you'll have an opportunity to impress the interviewer.
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By understanding how to answer common interview questions, particularly behavioral interview questions, you'll build a lot of confidence going into the job interview.
Another great way to build confidence for a job interview is to practice before the big day. You can do this by answering questions in front of a mirror to read your own facial expressions and body language, or you could have a friend help you with a mock interview.
It's also great to find a professional outfit you feel comfortable wearing. Feeling good in your clothes and knowing you've fully prepared can work wonders for boosting your confidence before a job interview.
Make Sure You Have No Skeletons
An important step in preparing for your interview is being able to recall your own career history and discuss prospective goals with the company and in your professional life as a whole. But, as you look back over your career, be sure to research yourself online to ensure there are no skeletons on the internet that could be brought up in your interview.
Remember, companies conduct background checks often via search engines, so it's up to you to ensure your social media profiles are professional and/or private.
It's normal to feel some anxiety before a job interview, but you can take steps to minimize those nerves. We hope these tips help you build confidence for your next job interview and shine in the hiring process!
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