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Have you ever applied for a position only to be told that you are overqualified? I am sure most of us have. It’s not a good feeling being rejected. However, you really shouldn’t take it personally. There are numerous reasons why an employer might say “sorry, we just think you are overqualified for this position” and a lot of these reasons are based on assumptions. Consider the following employer assumptions that would deter employers from hiring you if deem you are overqualified:

  1. You won’t remain in the role; you could just be passing time until a better opportunity that better suits your skills and qualifications come along.
  2. You will be bored in the position because you won’t feel challenged. Lack of interest in the position can eventually lead to laziness and loss in productivity.
  3. You won’t want to do work that is beneath you because you might feel your talents could be better used elsewhere, doing something else. Again, see above point about not being challenged.
  4. You are stuck in your ways of doing things. When employers hire someone who is seemingly overqualified they run the risk of this person wanting to do things their own way because they think this way is best as they have been doing it the same way for many years.
  5. You will want more money as time goes by. It only stands to reason that you (an an employer) would pay more for a higher skill set. It doesn’t matter if you (the applicant) tell the employer you are happy with what’s being offered. It will almost always be the assumption that as you get more into the role and you realize you have more qualifications than necessary you will eventually ask to be paid more.

Notice that we say these are assumptions, because it doesn’t mean these are necessarily true. The best advice we can give you here is to do something that we continue to mention in these blogs over and over again: apply for positions that suit you. Look at the job description. Compare this position to previous positions held and have realistic expectations. Look at the number of years experience the employer is looking for, for example. Remember if he or she is only looking for 2-5 years this means that the position is junior and your 10+ plus years of experience is just too much. Don’t take it personally. It’s just business and common sense.

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