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Are You Overqualified?

What are your choices if at age 32 with an MBA and 4 years executive management your company leaves the country and you do not go? How many jobs are out there for you and are you overqualified for most of them? How do you deal with being overqualified and still get interviews for the available jobs in New York?

Overqualified and the Resume

The first challenge an overqualified applicant faces is the resume. The resume is designed to show off you qualifications. So what do you do if you don’t want to show off you MBA and your executive management experience? It is possible to downplay the qualifications that are more than the job requires while still remaining honest about who you are and what you have done in your career.

If you are overqualified you absolutely want to use a functional resume and start with a skills session that emphasizes the skills that the particular job you are applying for needs. You will need to focus even more than ever on the specifics of the job you are applying for. Each job you apply for needs to have its own personalized resume with the information geared to that job.

Altering Your Resume

Do not misrepresent who you are. You will include all the information about your career it is just a matter of how and where you will present it. There is a school of thought within the career counseling and human resources field that says it is ok to leave information such as your titles and advanced degrees off resume entirely. However as a hiring manager, I would very unhappy with any candidate that presented on their resume as having a BS when they actually have an MBA. I would feel that they were intentionally trying to deceive. Not everyone is going to react that way, but the question is – is it worth the risk? I don’t think so when there is a way to deal with it honorably.

Presenting Your Information

So how do you go about presenting your information without altering the facts by leaving things out? Start with a Functional Resume that follows this format.

Professional Profile: Don’t use any titles in this section and don’t mention any level of education that is higher than the job requires. Instead make this a short and concise statement of skills, education and experience that fits what the job asks for and nothing more.

Core Qualifications: Again just pick 3-4 skills and education that fit the job you are applying for. Focus strongly on how your skills meet the job requirements. This is a critical section for convincing the hiring manager or recruiter to interview you.

Accomplishments: Remember to quantify these. Your accomplishments have nothing to do with your job titles, levels or your academic credentials. Here you can just lay it out. Be strong with this section and list as many quantifiable accomplishments as you can. Try to tie them into what the job is asking for.

Experience:  In this section do a chronological review of your career. List the company you worked for, the years you worked there, and your title. Nothing else.

Education:  Be honest and list you real credentials here.

Cover Letter

I have not talked much about the cover letter but in this circumstance it just might be more important than the resume. Use the cover letter to tailor all of your credentials to the job you are applying for. Go into depth about how you are the best person for this specific job and why. Do not mention salary in either the cover letter or the resume.

Make it clear why you want this job and show how your skills, experience and successes can work for this employer and in this particular job. It is here in the cover letter that you have to sell yourself to the recruiter or hiring manager in order to get the interview.