How to Get a Job if You're Overqualified

1. Focus on how you can help the employer

Many experienced workers find it tough not to talk about their past acocmplishments, but it's more important to talk about the job at hand and what you can contribute.

2. Trim your résumé

Coaches debate the wisdom of lopping off degree dates and past jobs to make yourself appear more junior. Most interviewers will see through that tactic. But it makes sense to edit your résumé to play down your managerial experience.

3. Get clear in your own head

Analyze your reasons for taking a step down the career ladder, so you won't feel frustrated if you land the job.

4. Make an 18-month commitment

Employers fear that experienced workers will jump ship as soon as they find a better job. Promise to stay put for at least a year and a half.

5. Tell a credible story

If you are taking a lower-level job to support an artistic passion like playwriting or sculpting outside of work, be honest about that, while expressing your interest in the position and your commitment to working hard.

Check out the full article with more great advice compiled and published by Susan Adams at Forbes on 5/1/14 : How to get a job if you're overqualified

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