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Being ‘Overqualified’
short period of time. Make it clear

Don’t knoCk the

that you’re willing to commit to a


well-educated people may find

long term at the job — in writing,

Finally, your future employer may

themselves looking for entry-level

if necessary — and that they don’t

worry that you won’t be satisfied


have to worry about you leaving

with a lower pay rate.

Whether you’re seeking to start a

after a year or two.

Emphasize that you aren’t as

merica’s slow-growth economy
in the past few years has led to

a job market where experienced,

new career — which often means

interested in the money as you are

re-starting at the bottom of the

in the challenge of the new job,

corporate ladder — or just need

Relish the Challenge

a lower-level position to pay the
bills, here are some tips for people

and be honest about it. You want
them to know you’re focused on

When a job candidate has plenty

working for the right company in

who find themselves described as

of experience, even at higher-level

an enjoyable position, not just the

“overqualified” for a job.

positions, the potential employer

size of your paycheck.

might also worry whether a lower-

Commit to the
long haul
When an employer labels you as

If you think your employer might

level job would provide enough of

have some qualms about your

a challenge to keep you engaged.

step down the career ladder,
do everything you can to make

Stress how much you’ll enjoy the

sure they know you’re serious,

overqualified, they’re really saying

challenges of the new job, and

committed and could do a great

they’re worried about how long

include lots of specific examples

job for them.

you’ll stick around.

of goals you would like to set and

They don’t want the expense or

ways you can raise the bar for

explanation of why you want the

hassle of replacing you after a


job can do a lot to calm their fears.

An honest, heart-to-heart


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