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How To Remove “Overqualified” Label & Get The Job You Want


Berrin Erdogan study revealed that overqualification in an application often does not result positive for job seekers. Hiring manager often sees overqualified candidates as an expensive talent, a short-term solution, having high expectations of development and job position, a person who can get bored easily, and a person who will undermine a job role or, probably, a manager. 

That being said, it is not always good to be “too good” for a job application because there might be a tendency of rejection from hiring managers. But when you are applying for your dream role and the requirements are below your qualifications, what should you do? Well, Talentvis has the answer for you.

To remove your overqualified label, make sure to highlight these points in your resume. 

Attach all “the necessary” 

When writing your resume, make sure to read all the qualifications and skills needed for the job you are applying. If you think that your qualifications are greater than needed, make sure to attach the necessary skills, experiences, degrees, and certifications. Don’t delve into experiences and qualifications that go beyond the company’s needs for the position. 

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Leave dates of your education 

You don’t need to include graduation dates for when you attended university on your resume, especially if you are applying for an entry-level position. Dates advertise how old you are and your age can be one of the indicators that you are overqualified for the position.

Go with a functional resume format 

There are several formats to craft a resume, including chronological, functional, combination, and targeted format. For this case, go for functional format. This format focuses more on your skills and experiences, thus, it helps reduce the impact of your most recently held title and responsibilities. 

Use a cover letter to explain

Sometimes, a recruiter will put overqualified candidates in a waiting list and prioritise candidates who are more suitable for the position. To avoid this, you can attach a cover letter to help highlight your reason early on to grab recruiter’s attention from the beginning. Make sure to write clear and use simple language to highlight how your skills can be beneficial for an employer. Also, be humble in your cover letter. 

And during your job interview, emphasise the following points. 

  • Emphasise your willingness to learn instead of merely seeking more challenges 

  • Show that you are reliable, responsible, and committed for any job given to you 

  • Say that you are flexible with salary, without disregarding your worth

  • Show yourself that your ability can benefit the company you are applying 

  • Show your loyalty and trust for the company 

  • Show that your experience can be used to mentor or teach younger co-worker and that you are willingly doing so. 

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