So you’re Overqualified for a role? Top tips to help you to secure it anyway

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You need a job ASAP so you apply for things at a lower level than usual and STILL don’t hear back. What a slap in the face and knock to your confidence.

BUT it’s not surprising that you are not being interviewed if you look at it from an employer’s point of view. They can see that you are overqualified and are likely to think that you will move on quickly which they will want to avoid, as recruitment and training is costly and the last thing businesses can cope with right now are additional costs.

Thinking about it like this, there are a number of things you can do to ensure you get to interview stage.

If it’s a short term temp role for now, really tailor your CV to show the relevant skills they need and remove your highest level achievements. I’d also state on your CV that you are ‘Seeking a temporary role to allow me to use my skills to benefit your business at this time’ and state on your cover letter that despite having worked at X level, you are willing to work in this role on a temporary basis due to the current situation.

If it’s a more permanent role at a lower level that you are going for as you can’t find anything else, I’d ask you to think honestly about whether you would stick this out if a job at your level came along and if not consider whether you should apply for it. I totally understand that it’s tough but maybe a better option is short term work whilst you wait for the role at your level. If you do decide to apply, again tailor your CV and state that you are keen to break into this area/sector/type of company to explain the drop in salary. I’d also state this again explicitly in the cover letter as then you are addressing the elephant in the roo